Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Mapping the future for Adams County

The county Tax Map Office and GIS Office have moved Adams County further into the technological age by installing an advanced computer-based system that depicts the actual borders of land parcels. The new computerized tax maps have been in use since March 1, and are available to the public.

GIS Director, Angelena Newman, along with Tax Map Supervisor Kris Brown, and Drafting Technician Amy Simpson, accomplished the conversion to computerized tax maps using a Geographic Information System (GIS) – a digital-based tool that creates parcels by drawing property lines with a computer instead of a pen.

“The Tax Map Office has undergone dramatic changes in the last month,” said Simpson. “With the implementation of the GIS system we are now using the digital parcel layer instead of paper maps, and our aerial maps are now in color. This enables us to produce maps that are concentrated on one parcel and email aerial maps, a service we were unable to provide before. We are currently working on scanning surveys, producing a subdivision layer, and preparing the parcel layer to be linked with the Auditors information available online.”

The conversion from paper to computer was a lengthy process. Over 20,000 parcels were newly drawn, mapped and joined to existing data by the personnel in the Tax Map and GIS offices.

“The conversion to the GIS system has been no small task,” said Kris Brown. “Over the course of the last two years each work day has been devoted to developing this new parcel layer. Amy, Angelena, and I were happy to have the opportunity to bring our day-to-day experience to the table in creating the new parcel layer. With a hands-on approach, we had the benefit of knowing what fits our taxpayers’ needs, what doesn’t, and what we needed to add to make the new tax maps better.”

The tax maps are expected to be available online by August 2016.

The GIS project resulted from the combined efforts of the Commissioners Office, Adams County Engineer David Hook, Adams County Auditor David Gifford, and the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation Board and staff members.

The Geographic Information System not only stores and analyzes geographic information, it allows the user to computerize such data as property lines, soil types, voting and zoning districts, crime and fire statistics, utility and hazardous-waste sites.

According to GIS Director Angelena Newman, “GIS can be used by every branch of government. The GIS office will continue to compile information for various county and government agencies to build maps and track information. Some examples of the layers we have now include the parcel layer, aerials, roads, addresses, soil type, contours, townships, and watersheds.”

The GIS Office is currently working to modernize the Current Agriculture Use Valuation (CAUV) layer. Their next project will be to complete an updated layer for the county address system.

The Tax Map and the GIS Offices are located on the basement floor of the Adams County Courthouse. The Tax Map Office personnel are available to assist the public with the parcel layer of the GIS System. The GIS Office can help with other layers that have been created using the GIS system.

Amy Simpson, Angelena Newman, and Kris Brown of the Adams County Tax Map and GIS Offices have completed the conversion to computerized tax maps.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Mapping.jpgAmy Simpson, Angelena Newman, and Kris Brown of the Adams County Tax Map and GIS Offices have completed the conversion to computerized tax maps. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Adams County’s Tax Map Office gets cutting edge technology

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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