Update: Local Government GIS Tidbits
"Changes to the U.S. Census maps that increased the Oneida Indian Nation’s reservation from 32 acres to more than 300,000 acres have been reversed, the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed Thursday." However, the Oneida still feel the boundaries should be reinstated.
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San Miguel, CO County Surveyor Dave Foley faced something he'd never seen before: a request to update a boundary in the GIS based on a recent survey. The request came from a mining company. There was no procedure for that, but there is now. That's not detailed in the article in the local paper, but it appears the change was made to ensure the parcels in question are contiguous. Apparently some argued there was a gap, a gap where skiers might ski!
Stafford County, VA is ready to tackle redistricting using GIS. It used a free version of software back in 2001 but this year will use AutoBound at a cost of $6,400.
The Town of Verona (WI) plans to spend as much as to $5,000 to create a map showing what development has been done to lands that have been annexed by surrounding cities. But local students from UW Madison might be able to do some work and lower costs.
San Ramon, CA now has an iPhone app for reporting issues to the city. "This useful service was created by a company called Government Outreach, the same company that created the city's website back in 2005."
Over in the UK, "Umbrella bodies and voluntary sector organisations are collaborating on a website that maps government spending cuts." VGI in action to fight deficits!
Here's how Village of Mamaroneck (NY) got its building permits scanned for free. "New York GIS Group Inc. and Large Document Solutions will scan, at no cost to the village, some 15,000 building permits, converting hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper, all created before 2005, into electronic files. New York GIS-LDS will then charge subscribers a fee to access and print the building permits remotely."
In New York State:
Then, last week someone in the Madison County government noticed new maps released by the U.S. Census Bureau after the 2010 Census. One the new maps, the Oneidas' reservation had grown from 32 acres at the time of the 2000 Census to more than 300,000 acres in 2010. Most of that growth was in Madison County.
While the Oneida's do not claim the land, the maps show only Census boundaries, the county is not comfortable.