EATON — It is that time of year for the Preble County Commissioners to decide what products they want through the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program. During the Board of Commission meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29, Clerk Connie Crowell brought to the commission’s attention the need to make a decision soon, but there was some confusion as to whose decision it was.
The Ohio Statewide Imagery Program (OSIP) is the third iteration created by The Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP). According to OGRIP, “OSIP will acquire high-resolution imagery for the State of Ohio to support the geospatial needs of state and local government service providers, Geographic Information System users, and decision makers at all levels of government.
“The core imagery deliverable produced through OSIP III will be six inch pixel resolution three band (RGB) eight bit natural color digital aerial imagery rectified to the existing statewide 2.5FT DEM. The statewide imagery will be provided to all 88 counties and be made available for download or through web map services to all government entities and the public at no cost.
“As with previous OSIP projects, state and local government agencies are provided the opportunity to obtain additional product enhancements through the State’s Cooperative Purchase Agreement (CPA) program. Through the OSIP contract the State has negotiated fixed costs for state and local government entities with an active CPA to obtain enhanced products and services. These optional deliverables may be purchased at any time throughout the life of the OSIP contract and are not subject to the delivery schedule for the statewide products.
“Acquisition of OSIP imagery will begin in the spring of 2017 and continue through 2020.”
There are several product offerings.
According to Crowell, Preble County Engineer Kyle Cross sent her an email on the progress of the OSIP announcement. He indicated he was not “that involved” in the project on a “day-to-day level” and wishes for Brad Kramer to meet with the board on the announcement.
“Now, I thought the last time we did this, that the engineer knew what he wanted,” Crowell said. “Maybe we need OGRIP to come in and do a presentation in order to decide what we want? I just need to know whose expertise this is? I thought the engineer, along with the auditor, always came in and told us what they wanted.”
Crowell added, the last time this decision was made was five years ago. The commissioners agreed that in the past this decision was made by the engineer and auditor.
“What leg work is [Cross] talking about that [Kramer] would have to do?” Commissioner Denise Robertson asked.
Crowell responded, “I think the leg work is already done, because they already have a contract. [Cross] just has to let us know what he wants. I’ll ask more questions, but I didn’t think it came from our offices. I just wanted to make sure I was thinking right.”
“They just need to tell us what they want,” Commission President Chris Day said.
In other business, the commissioners:
•Authorized an expenditure in the amount of $6,000 for the repair of the 2000 Freightliner FL80 roll off truck.
•Approved the re-appointment of Clark Brown to the Preble County Planning Commission, Jim Horton to the Preble County Zoning Appeals Board, and Dan Hays to the Preble County Rural Zoning Commission.
•Noted receipt of an executed agreement for the 2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant with Ohio EMA in the amount of $45,933.
The Preble County Commissioners meet every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. (unless otherwise posted) in the Commission Chambers at the Preble County Courthouse.
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