CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After years of waiting, Charleston's planning and engineering departments will soon get their hands on detailed maps of all property in the city.City Council members approved an agreement Monday under which the city would pay the Kanawha County Assessor's Office up to $180,000 to share the county's GIS (geographic information system) data.City Manager David Molgaard credited newly elected Assessor Sally Robinson with breaking a logjam in negotiations for the data."Without her, I don't think this would be possible," Molgaard told members of council's Finance Committee. "We've been trying to resolve this for a long time."Adam Cottrell, the city's GIS manager, said the data will be a timesaver for several departments. Work that normally takes hours can be done in minutes with the GIS system, he said.
"We can integrate it with data we already have -- ward maps, aerial photos. We can create maps based on businesses by ward, crime by ward, demolished properties by ward."Chris Chrzanowski of the county's mapping department said all the city's properties have been mapped. The data need to be checked for accuracy before it's turned over to the city -- possibly in three months or so, he said.In other business, council members approved a resolution to reprogram federal money Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., obtained several years ago for the Kanawha trestle project to the proposed bike trail along Kanawha Boulevard West.As part of the agreement, engineers with GAI Consultants will update a master plan for the city's bike trails, Molgaard said.Reach Jim Balow at firstname.lastname@example.org