The Phelps County Assessor’s Office is set to get a mobile GIS (geographic information system) application that will help them while working in the field.
County commissioners on Tuesday morning approved a proposal from Midland GIS Solutions for the application.
The proposal from Midland GIS Solutions includes a cost of $4,150 to create the application as well as maintenance up through Dec. 31, 2013. To continue to host and update the app, it would cost $2,400 a year starting in 2014.
County Assessor Bill Wiggins said, “This will put our web GIS on an iOS platform so that we can utilize that on tablets.”
Currently, the assessor’s office cannot use the web GIS on a tablet. “This will allow us to see all of our information in the field,” the assessor said.
Wiggins said the goal is for the mobile app to replace paper maps used in the field.
District One Commissioner Larry Stratman said, “You don’t have to sell me on it. I applaud your efforts and it makes all of the sense in the world.”
The contract price of $4,150 is under the threshold needed to seek bids.
In other business, the commission heard a request from a resident on Meadow Lane, off County Road 8110 northwest of Rolla, to repair a pothole on Meadow Lane.
The resident, Jim McBride, said the pothole is a safety hazard, noting that it could cause flat tires or be trouble for children riding bicycles in the area.
The commission made the county road department aware of the problem.
Also at the meeting, the commission was given a report that noted that a $54,196.45 hit was taken in property taxes from the Collegiate Station apartments located on Collegiate Boulevard, off White Columns Drive, north of Interstate 44 in Rolla.
The University of Missouri curators purchased the apartments, so the property is no longer privately owned.