Brundidge to take part in GIS Shared Service

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Brundidge City Council voted Tuesday to participate in a GIS Shared Service Project along with the City of Troy, the Pike County Commission and E911.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said agreeing to participate in the 911 equipment project was a good move by the Council.

“What the city is doing is buying into a project that will be invaluable,” Ramage said. “The city can include anything we want in the data. We can put the location of utility lines, water lines, sewer lines, pumping stations, valves, even stop signs. You might not think that is valuable information but it is, very valuable when you need it.”

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Ramage said he has served in city government when key personnel was unavailable and they needed information stored but only in their heads.

“At times like that, such data would be priceless,” Ramage said.

The initial participation cost to the city will be $6,500 with an annual licensing fee of $2,250.

“That’s a good price,” Ramage said. “We looked at doing something like this several years ago and the cost was way more than that. We excited to be a partner in this project.”

Britt Thomas, city manager told the council that the CDBG that funded the installation of 6-inch water lines in the Caldwell Subdivision came in $45,000 under budget.

A public hearing will be held on the proposed amendment to the grant at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Brundidge City Hall.

Thomas said 5 p.m. Friday is the deadline for anyone, whose property was condemned through an ADECA grant, to contest the action at the Circuit Clerk’s Office at the Pike County Courthouse.

The Brundidge City Council has not adopted a budge for FY2014. In final action Tuesday, the Council agreed to continue operation under the current budget until the FY2014 budget is adopted.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.