We received St. Clairsville's updated house numbering data in shape file format from Shelley Fortney this month. It is being entered into 911's house numbering file.
A demonstration was given December 18 to various county departments of various GIS web sites in Ohio. Jason Davenport of Draft-Co, Martins Ferry, gave an online tour of mapping in Washington, Franklin and Summit Counties, and also of the Cities of Springfield and Findlay. The demonstration was the most part of the bi-monthly GIS meeting. Representatives from EMA, E-911, Soil & Water, Sanitary Sewer, Treasurer, Auditor, Board of Elections and Engineer's Offices were in attendance.
This is Geography Awareness Week, and
The availability of parcel data and aerials is made possible with the help of Draft-Co of Martins Ferry and First Internet Service of St. Clairsville. Draft-Co has hosted our parcel data on their server at First. First has also assisted the GIS Office by overcoming problems with slow Internet connectivity in Lloydsville. Dial-up connection speeds of 28.8 were the best available, making Windows updates and other downloads for multiple computers impractical. Knowing DSL would never be available due to distance from a phone central office, First beta-installed a satellite dish for downloads. This service is working great, and we thank First for helping make the slow-connectivity problem a thing of the past.
Mapping of rural house numbers is now 77% complete.
Mapping of addressable buildings has been the focus over the
summer. Over 60% of houses with
five-digit house numbers –about 10,700 - have been mapped so far. Best wishes to my faithful summer helper
Clayton Hochstrasser as he heads to
The 13th Annual Ohio GIS Conference is next week. This Conference is well worth attending. Knowledge presented, if heeded and applied, can save many times over the cost of attendance.
The Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio Fall Seminar is
October 2 and 3 in
Stormwater management is going to be a big mapping issue. It was obvious to those who attended a meeting by URS September 9 at the Roscoe Garage that GIS is the tool to be used in this task of mapping outfalls and sewer treatment systems. The consultants referred to providing location data to our “GIS group” - which so far is a “group” of one! I guess I won’t run out of work for a long time.
House numbering mapping continues. Now over 50% of rural house numbers have been mapped.
This represents an intermediate step in having parcel mapping available online. Hopefully, the availability of online maps will save many people a trip to the courthouse. Check it out at www.belcogis.com. New scans could be uploaded each summer depending on the availability of summer employees. This would match the paper tax map update schedule of once a year.
On Friday July 11 I visited Emergitech, Inc. in
About 36% of rural house numbers have been mapped to date. Clayton Hochstrasser and myself have been busy working on rural portions of the northeast part of the county. We hope to continue focusing on this task to expedite this important part of any GIS.
On May 27, 28 and 29 John Parkinson and I monitored GPS
receivers at the Lloydsville Garage and Nelson Field in Bellaire as part of the
National Geodetic Survey’s Federal Base Network (FBN)/Cooperative Base Network
(CBN) reobservation. Work in
Dual-frequency receivers were used on 2 meter fixed height
tripods. Each setup was checked every 15
minutes for proper logging and leveling, with a note of the weather
(meteorological equipment was not required).
Digital photos – one close-up, one at eye level, and one with
surrounding background - were taken of each site to be included in the data
submission to NGS. Data will be
processed by NGS for inclusion in a new geodetic datum to be released probably
in 2005. These monuments will give
On June 2 Clayton Hochstrasser started work in the GIS
Office. Clayton is a graduate of
There is a country song that says there’s a Wal-Mart where
the drive-in used to be. That’s just
about the case for
The 1950 images are photo enlargements and not orthophotos, so some distortion is unavoidable. Some areas are off several hundred feet and edge matching of the 142 images is not possible. Nevertheless, the images are useful for seeing changes in the last half-century. The images are referenced to the State Plane Coordinate System, Ohio South Zone, and can be compared to the new aerials quite easily with GIS software.
Since last month, more scanned tax maps have been added to
the GIS web site. Township lots are now
available in pdf format. Also, ten foot
contour data can be downloaded by township in shape file format. House numbering of building footprints is
continuing in Mead and
On April 22 NGS conducted a training workshop for GPS
observations taking place this month across the State of
The house numbering project continues. First passes for
More information has been uploaded to the GIS web site. Scans of municipal tax maps have been added to the tax map page. Plans are underway to add scans of the lots by township.
A GIS display was among those of several governmental
offices in the courthouse hallway during National County Government Week, April
7-11. The exhibits were manned on April
9 for the benefit of passersby. The GIS
Office had a visit from
Software upgrades have been received for ArcView 8.3 and
AutoCAD Raster Design 2004, with AutoCAD Map 2004 expected soon. Peak Geo-Design of
been plotted for all municipal areas at a 1”=100’ or 1”=200’ scale to assist in
the house numbering project.
attempt at mapping water and sewer features was conducted March 11 in the
BelCapre area west of Bellaire. A fire
hydrant was used as a base station with an Ashtech Z-Xtreme dual frequency GPS
receiver gathering satellite data while a Trimble GeoExplorer
3 was used for roving to manholes, valves and hydrants. Data was then post-processed and converted to
our mapping grid. An approximate
location was also determined for the concrete monument at Nelson Field in
Bellaire in March.
A planimetrics page has been added to the GIS web site. Shape files have been created by township,
zipped and uploaded for buildings, hydrography and centerlines. Those who have ArcExplorer or other GIS
software can download, unzip and view these mapping features. ODOT’s township boundaries for
I saw a notice in the newspaper recently about the availability of green house numbering signs with white reflective numbers. So I ordered a couple for family members by calling the Belmont County Squad Officers Association at (740)676-5086. I received friendly, prompt service and delivery, and now I have some installation to do.
I am working on relating the house number to the building ID number in the digital county mapping. I can see that there is going to be a need for field verification in some instances. It surely would be helpful if residents had a house number posted for verification purposes, and more importantly, for emergency services finding the correct house in time of need. So I urge all rural residents to get a house numbering sign installed if a sign is not already in place. Those planning new construction and needing a new number assigned should call E-911 at (740)695-9104. Next time you drive along a rural road, notice how many signs are (or aren’t) installed.
Maps for the whole county have been plotted at a 1”=400’
The Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio held their annual
conference February 6-8 in
January 3 marked the last day of employment for Jim Forshey,
District Conservationist for NRCS. Jim
has served faithfully on the GIS Committee since its inception over three years
ago. He has kept us updated on the
status of digital soils mapping for
We are fortunate to have college student Kyle Neptune back
during his semester break from
It was pleasing to see the GIS mentioned in a Sunday, January 12 Times Leader newspaper article. Eva Lunder, Director of the Belmont County Department of Development, accepted a donation of $1,000 from American Electric Power to assist in compilation of data for site development. Online information is planned to help developers find property and attract new economic development. Eva said, “A link to our GIS system will be a nice fit.” Thanks for the mention, Eva!
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