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Dogs, Employee of the Year and other Government GIS News

Wednesday, December 18th 2013
By Adena Schutzberg

The [Orange County, CA] Board of Supervisors revised a county ordinance redefining dangerous dogs and how to care for them Tuesday. But the supervisors did not pass the proposed online map that would have let residents see where dangerous dogs live, saying they were concerned about stigmatizing residents. ...
The board unanimously decided against the website because of complications and resources that would go into keeping it updated as well as the concern about a stigma, which residents expressed to the supervisors before the vote.
Instead, residents concerned about dangerous dogs can call the care center and ask for details.

Tony Smith is among the employees of Dallas County’s public works department. But, he's a GIS guy and this year took home the county’s employee of the year award. The prize is a day off, but he's so in-demand and interested, it's probably not a great prize for him.

“My baseline guy, my do-it-all guy is Tony Smith,” said Alberta Blair, county public works director.

Apparently, he started out as a surveyor and taught himself GIS. Next up on his list of projects: developing an enterprise GIS for the county.

Dallas Morning News via reader Gary

The Iriquois County Board [Illinois] last week raised the fees for recording the sale of properties from $41 to $55 per recording, as a way to support a new way of mapping the changes in the land, called Geographic Information Systems (GIS). ...

Copas said Iroquois County was “either the last county in the state of Illinois or among the last” to implement GIS.

The fee will triple from $7 to $21, the first change in price since 2010. The new GIS will use digital aerial imagery, while, as I understand it, in the past, film was still in use.
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