CRYSTAL FALLS TOWNSHIP—With Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping completed for Crystal Falls Township, its Board of Trustees reviewed uses for the information at its April 10 regular meeting.
Gary Hoaglund, GIS manager for Coleman Engineering, explained how his company could host the website for the township to provide GIS services.
“A lot of information is available,” he told township officials.
“The township can take the next step and provide more levels of access.”
Available on the township’s website now is a GIS Land Information application, allowing users to navigate query and report on spatial and non-spatial information.
A user can “mouse over” a parcel and bring up information such as size and ownership.
Other levels of access, Hoaglund explained, are available beyond the introductory level.
Information is available to tax assessors, land use developers, utilities, real estate companies and more.
Municipalities benefit from the efficiency of the program, allowing landowners to access information about parcels, zoning, variances and other issues that take time for staff to research.
The initial cost is from $7,000 to $10,000 per client, with additional maintenance costs.
“I would like to see the county take this on as a whole,” said Township Supervisor Tom Lesandrini, and splitting the costs among the participating municipalities.
Hoaglund also proposed a subscriber fee for use would help offset the costs.
fire chief Ray Niemi reported to the board his department had been called to respond to a grass fire on the Wells Grade, about 30 miles east of the township last month as a backup to the DNR.
Seven structures were threatened, he said, but the department wasn’t needed.
Additionally, he told the board he met with the administrators of Victorian Heights Assisted Living and the Iron County Medical Care Facility to discuss the problems with their fire alarm system.
Because of a phone line issue, unnecessary alarms are called in.
He recommended the phone that causes the problem either be taken out of the area or made unanswerable.
Central Dispatch has been notified of the change in fire department service for Lake Mary residents. Crystal Falls will still maintain a mutual aid agreement with the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department, but will only respond if called.
in other business:
--The board set its spring cleanup date for Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.
--The board approved opening Gibson Lake before May 15.
There is still some gravel to move, trash bins have been constructed, and picnic tables ordered.
Lesandrini hoped to have a dedication and open house. The township will advertise for a lifeguard.
--The board tabled action on a request for a contribution from Community Schools for its summer youth programs.
The amount of $2,237 had been budgeted. Trustee Diane Kut wondered if some of that money could be used for activities at the ski hill.
She said she would ask Forest Park Athletic Director Dwaine Anderson if the program needed the entire amount.
--Lesandrini noted that $40,000 had been budgeted for chloride on the roads this season. He said there are several road
that will not need dust control, “because the program worked so well.”