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County gets update on local geographic information system

May 23, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday was given an update on the county's efforts to possibly implement a geographic information system countywide.

The issue dates back about seven years, and $290,615 was provided for studies to decide if the system might be implemented.

The board was told the actual cost of the system remains unknown.

The system, if adopted, is expected to provide the county with such benefits as more up-to-date, accurate and reliable information; increased productivity; enhanced analytical, geoprocessing and other technological capabilities; better service to government users and the general public; and higher-quality products, according to a 1994 strategic plan study conducted for the Imperial Valley Association of Governments.

The board was told a consultant will conduct a review and assessment of the 1994 strategic plan; will review and assess data and deliverables provided by a former consulting firm that reportedly went bankrupt; will conduct interviews with county staff members and develop a framework for a transformation study.


The county will pay $9,600 to Redlands-based Information System Management Solutions Inc. to carry out the reviews, assessments and interviews.

The former consultant was Tomahawk II Inc.

In other business, the board:

· briefly discussed Thursday's public hearing on state and federal redistricting. The hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. in the supervisors chambers.

· held the first reading of a new ordinance to change its meeting dates from every Tuesday to the first four Tuesdays in a month.

· was told the first meeting of a so-called "Greening of the Valley" project will be Thursday morning. The board was told the issue is one of quality of life and economic development.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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