Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up

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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