GIS Storm Mappers Honored and other Government GIS News
Tuscaloosa held its Fire and Rescue Service’s fall awards ceremony Thursday. Among the recipients of the Fire Chief’s Commendation, which honors citizens who exhibit outstanding achievement, community service and citizenship was a GIS professional during the April tornado.
[Eric] St. Clair, a senior GIS specialist with the Geological Survey of Alabama State Oil and Gas Board, spent hours making maps of storm areas to assist different agencies and created an iPhone/iPad application used by search and rescue teams. The nomination letter stated that he “dropped everything you were working on to make maps of all sizes. These maps were in every command center within days and were used by many different agencies.”
A Detroit non-profit has created an interactive guide to 13,000 tax delinquent city properties that will be offered for sale by Wayne County at an online auction scheduled for later this month.
Last month’s online property auction raised $1.8 million for the county. The next auction gets underway on Oct. 21. The minimum bid on a property is $500.
The Data Driven Detroit guide offers street level views of the properties along with descriptions and information about the distances to the nearest park, bus stop and grocery store.
York County, PA is working to make the EPA hazardous material map more accurate than it is today. A resident found errors after a fire and made it his mission to make the corrections, many of which I suspect are geocoding errors. The EPA, happily will take such submissions and actually does make the updates.