Johnson County Opts To Keep 911/GIS Within

Jim Waller
Jim Waller

At a recent meeting, the Johnson County Commissioners had discussed the possibility of hiring an outside company to finish GIS/Mapping data for the betterment of the dispatch center and emergency responders.

They had asked County Planner/GIS Manager Jim Waller to get Requests For Proposals (RFPs) from as many companies as he could that would be interested in finishing the project for the county.

At their meeting Tuesday, Waller brought three different proposals that all estimated their costs at around $30,000 and estimated anywhere from four to 12 months to complete.

Commissioner Jim Hicks asked Waller if he felt confident he could complete the task for no additional cost to the county and finish within a year.

Waller said he felt he could get that accomplished, and said the companies, if hired, would rely on information provided by the county anyway. His information, he said, is accurate, on average, to within 200 feet.

The commissioners decided to let Waller complete the 911/GIS mapping data and implement it into the dispatch center's computer system. The data, Waller said, can be used as it gets done and will upgrade the system as it is added, as opposed to waiting a year to compile data before it can be used.

The commission also gave Waller permission to look into hiring a part-time individual to help with the mapping data.

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