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Village Now Has Free Access To County GIS Information

By Charles Feldman

Times-Tribune

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An update on an recently signed intergovernmental agreement that would give Glen Carbon free access to county maps and data related to roads and boundary lines was on the agenda when the village board met on Tuesday, January 28.

Jennifer Doody, director of public works, talked about an agreement with Madison County to share GIS, or Geographic Information System, data. These electronic files are produced and owned by the county. Prior to this, such information was only accessible on county computer hardware.

This agreement will allow the village to go directly to the database for information about easements and parcel and boundary lines, as well as aerial photos,

Being a public entity and not a private firm that wants to use the information at a profit, according to Doody, the village will be able to use the data free of charge.

“It’s a similar agreement that other entities in Madison County have entered into,” Doody said.

“We’ll be able to bring that into our map viewer and incorporate that into our GIS system,” she said.

This being an update, no action was required from the board.

The village also approved a professional service agreement with TWM, Inc. to provide design and construction observation on the village’s street maintenance project in an amount not to exceed $127,200 as part of the 2020 Pavement Program.

The program was authorized by the village but needs funding.

“As part of that program we’re looking for funding for now and in the future,” said Mayor Ron Jackstadt. “That will be voted on as a referendum in March.”

That referendum on issuing $7,400,000 in bonds to help fund the project will be on the March 17 election ballot. Public informational meetings are scheduled on March 4 and 11 at St. Cecelia Catholic Church.

In other action the village approved:

• a one-year extension of the intergovernmental agreement with the city of Edwardsville for the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Community Pool at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 2020. The village will pay 32.7 percent of the total budget. There are no anticipated capital improvements such as major pool parts and repairs this year.

• performance agreements with the bands Dirty Muggs for $6,000 and Platinum Rock Legends for $5,000 to perform at this year’s Homecoming. The agreement includes

Business of the Month for January 2020 was Jimmy John’s at 3815 South Illinois Route 159.

Trustee Ben Maliszewski spoke about the past, present and possible future of Maryville’s many parks as part of the board’s periodical Glen Carbon 2040 discussions.

The next village board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. in Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend or to watch it as it happens live on the village of Glen Carbon Facebook page.

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