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GIS, getting people back to work, animal ideas, community health

[OCT. 1, 2004] 

Where do we go from here? GIS may tell

With one eye on the future and one on the present, the county is picking up steam on development of its own new geographic information system. The system is based on parcel mapping, which is more precise than traditional maps. Layers of information are then added to the map. Using computers, the maps can readily be accessed and will quickly provide more specific details and statistics about any property in the county.

The maps are created using aerial photography. A plane with a camera mounted over a window in the bottom takes pictures while using the satellite Global Positioning System. The camera is also connected to a computer. White "X's" were painted on scattered county roads to provide test coordinates, county board member Terry Werth said.

County engineer Tom Hickman has been in charge of the mapping project. Logan County was flown over and photographed this past spring, and the map is now being tested.


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A two-hour presentation explaining what GIS is and some of its many uses was made to community leaders on Sept. 22. This system can support many layers of information. The county is financing the parcel mapping. Other financing to expand its use is being sought from the city of Lincoln and agencies that will benefit from its use.

While the system will serve many entities, it has shown itself to be most beneficial to a community as an economic development tool. It has many uses, but one of its greatest prospects is for growth and planning.

LDN will bring you more information on this important subject in the future.

Work program deemed up to snuff by state

Paul Gleason, as Workforce Investment Act chairman, summarized an annual report from the state. The booklet-form report provided numerous economic-related statistics that compared our population to that of five to six other counties around us and to the state population.

 

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In the bottom line it said that Logan County exceeded 13 of 17 criteria points; with the other four points we met criteria. The final score of 95 percent says that we did well doing what we could do with a certain amount of money and the makeup of our families, Gleason said.

Animal control, doing it better

Patrick O'Neill, chairman of the animal control committee, announced that he has formed a task force that will share information with other animal shelters. Other shelters have been contacting the Logan County facility, hearing about its recent success in turning things around. Shelters all around the state have found it equally difficult meeting new state-mandated laws. The new rules put extra work burden on employees.

O'Neill said he sent out letters to a number of shelters, proposing a meeting to brainstorm more ideas about what works. They hope to get more ideas about how to get animals adopted.

Community health

Mark Hilliard, administrator of the Logan County Health Department, said that there was a good turnout for the men's free prostate screening on Sept. 22.

Three physicians from St. John's Hospital donated their time screening 50 men. Services entailed a lab PSA blood test covered by an American Cancer Society grant, blood pressure testing and a physical exam of the prostate. There were three men with irregular findings.

The physicians were impressed with the setup at the local health department, Hilliard said. The department was very happy that the screening was successful and that it did some good, he said.

Chairman Dale Voyles reappointed county board member Gloria Luster to another one-year term on the health board.

[Jan Youngquist]

 

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