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This is where we'll announce what's happening in Belmont County GIS.  The most recent information is listed first.  See news from prior years for a historic review of the status of GIS in Belmont County.

November 2017

As of November 13, 2017 Anthony Atkins is the GIS Director.

The GIS Office will be closed Nov. 23rd & 24th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday


October 2017

The GIS Office is closing 10/26/2017 as there is no one on board to take the place of existing staff leaving 10/25/2017.

We wish to thank the people of Belmont County for allowing us to be of service to them.  It has been a privilege.

All tiles have been delivered from Kucera International for the 2017 aerial mission.

Training has been completed for Parcel Fabric editing and maintenance.

September 2017

Conversion work to the parcel fabric continues.  Training is expected in October.

The Ohio GIS Conference was September 25-27 in Columbus.  The GIS Office assisted in a presentation on AGOL web templates with Bruce Harris & Associates and Clark County.  A map entitled "Yesterday's Schools in Belmont County" was entered in the Map Gallery.

Photos of a book entitled Surveys of the Townships embraced in Belmont County, O. copied from Records and Field Notes deposited in the office of the Secretary of State Columbus, Ohio 1870 are now online in pdf format.  This is helpful to surveyors searching for original surveys, particularly along the banks of the Ohio River.  Courses are given along the River which may be helpful in State line work (see surveys in Range 2).

August 2017

Conversion to the Parcel Fabric began August 9 with a kick-off meeting in the GIS Office by Bruce Harris & Associates.  During the two months the project is active, there will be no updates to parcel geometry done locally.  Upon completion, transfers will be incorporated and an updated parcel layer created.

The OGRIP Council was to have signed the LBRS MOA at their meeting August 8.  The MOA was approved by the Commissioners May 24.

Kucera International is working on processing the 2017 aerial photography, with an anticipated delivery sometime in October.

July 2017

Steps are being undertaken to prepare for the 2020 Census.  A webinar was attended July 13.  The person in charge of Ohio conducted the webinar, and urged all local governments to participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) and to establish Complete Count Committees now.  Census data are used to determine distribution of over $400 billion in funding.  Belmont County encourages all residents to participate in the Census taken April 1 every decade.  Ohio was sixth in the nation in 2010 in public participation.  Modern challenges to an accurate count are federal budget cuts, declining use of land-line telephones, declining traditional family structure, and a more mobile society.

Belmont County GIS is looking into migrating to a more robust parcel mapping system.  More to follow. See this ESRI parcel fabric video for a story on San Bernardino County, CA.

June 2017

The MOA for LBRS-Lite has been submitted to Columbus.

Scans of tax maps for 2017 have been uploaded to the tax maps page for the entire county.

The Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio once again staffed the Surveyors Block House at the Fort Steuben Ohio Valley Frontier Days June 3-4, 2017 in Steubenville, Ohio.

Surveyors explained the laying out of public lands in the Northwest Territory, specifically the Seven Ranges, to the touring public.

May 2017

A presentation was held May 1 on the new web mapping site at the EOC by Bruce Harris & Associates.  Many favorable comments have been received since.

Scans of tax maps are being performed and added to the tax maps page as delivered, with the 2017 scans being in color.

A presentation on LBRS-Lite was made to county officials May 17 by ODOT and OGRIP.  All was positive.  The Commissioners approved the MOA at their May 24 meeting.

An instruction document has been added to the Aerial Mapping page for tips in using the web mapping site.

April 2017

Final testing is being done on the new web mapping site, and it is expected to go online May 1.

A meeting of local officials is scheduled for May 17 concerning participation in the State's LBRS program.

All scans of the parcel cards have now been uploaded to the mirror GIS site.  The site now contains a total of about 58 GB of data! 

March 2017

Aerial photography and LiDAR have been captured for the countywide flyover!

Scans of the 1914 Corporation and Lot maps have also been added to the website.  Scans of parcel cards are being uploaded at this time, with Barnesville, Bellaire, Belmont, Bethesda, Bridgeport, Brookside, Fairview, Flushing, Holloway, Martins Ferry, Morristown, Powhatan Point, Shadyside, Wilson and Yorkville online, plus Colerain, Flushing, Goshen, Kirkwood, Mead, Pease, Smith, Somerset, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wheeling and York Townships.

Scans of the railroad val maps have been copied to the website.

Work is underway for a new web mapping site.  The GIS Office has provided layout and data to the developer.  In anticipation, a mirror GIS web site has been set up at and the user is now automatically directed there from for all non-web mapping resources.  The Aerial Mapping page remains at until the new web mapping site is fully developed and tested.  Please report any problems or broken links to us so they can be fixed.

A PLSO Workshop is set up for Fort Steuben on May 5 and an informational flyer can be found at

There has been little progress in moving the LBRS project forward locally at this point.

February 2017

A set of maps from 1910 has been scanned and added online that shows surface and coal owners.  The set is called "Township Maps - Belmont Co., Ohio, Farm Lines and Coal Fields" and has a page for each township plus indexes.

State officials from ODOT and OGRIP met February 7 with local officials from 911, EMA, Oil & Gas and the GIS office to discuss a renewed effort to collaborate in a LBRS project.  All seemed to be in agreement to proceed.  The next step will be to evaluate an MOA and win approval from as many county offices as possible.

PLSO's 2017 Annual Conference was Feb. 15-18 in Sandusky, Ohio.  The Ohio Valley Chapter is planning a workshop to be held at Fort Steuben May 5.

A kick-off meeting was held February 22 with Bruce Harris & Associates for development of a new web mapping site.

January 2017

A kick-off meeting was held this month in preparation for a countywide flight this spring to produce 1/2 foot color orthophotography.

The Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2020 Census by requesting updates to Boundary Annexation Survey (BAS) mapping.

PLSO and the State Board of Registration have partnered to publish 200 new Ohio Surveying Laws books, which have been received by PLSO.


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