With a parish map maintained by E-911 essentially complete, Webster Parish Police Jury voted Tuesday to purchase Geographical Information System (GIS) software necessary to share in the informational resource.
Dal Taylor and Daniel Davidson of E-911 gave a presentation on the software's capabilities at an Intergovernmental Committee meeting held prior to the regular WPPJ meeting.
"It is ever-changing," said Davidson. "Our goal is to get on a two-year rotation where a road is never more than two years from being personally verified."
He said the current map is 99.8 percent verified. Thomas asked Taylor how often the E-911 map was updated.
"The map we're putting in front of the dispatchers – we're updating it every two weeks," Taylor said. "Unless we have something oajor that we think they need to see right away."
According to Taylor and Davidson, E-911 personnel have driven every road in the parish for verification and to determine house numbers and descriptions for 911 dispatchers to provide emergency responders.
In that process, they have also gathered information that is useful to the jury, and Thomas said his hope is that the jury can stay more up to date on their maps by sharing the E-911 data.
Areas that jurors and others at the meeting felt the software and data could help included: district mapping and demographics; roadwork cost estimation; visual aids for easier and more effective decision making during meetings; and flood zone determinations and permitting.
To illustrate the system's usefulness, Taylor used it during the following Road Committee meeting to display aerial photography and data for each road being discussed.
"It may be a little time-consuming to start it up, because you do have to put in so much supplemental information," Davidson said. "The software saves you a lot of trouble in the long run."
In other business:
n Boga Lewis Road and Lottie Lou Road are to receive black topping on parish maintained portions.
n Side cutting approved for North Thomas Street, Palmer Street, Avera Street and Harper Street in Sarepta and Crow Street in Cotton Valley.
n Seal shot approved for Waddy Street and Stadium Drive in Sarepta.
n Road has been cut for access to a potential 4-H shooting range and was named Charlie Odom Lane. Finalizing of shooting range agreement with state was resolved.
n Advertising for Executive Director of Webster Parish Community Services was approved.
n Public hearing to sit as board of review for the 2012 assessment of real and personal property of the parish was approved for the next police jury meeting.
n Following Louisiana Government Assistance Program (LGAP) grants approved: Palmetto Water Works, $24,000 to purchase electronic water meters; Germantown Water System, $51,035 to replace Sugar Creek water lines; Pleasant Valley Water System, $12,000 to replace exposed water lines; McIntyre Water System, $10,000 to construct new booster station; Bistineau Water System, $25,000 to purchase water meters; Central Water System, $11,300 to replace control system; Shongaloo Water System, $35,000 to construct new booster station; and Jenkins Water System, $25,000 to replace water meters.
n Approved capital outlay funding for upgrade or replacement of courthouse heating ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
n Sci Port Director Ken Latin spoke to the jury about setting up a one Saturday per month free day for Webster Parish residents to visit the science center on the Shreveport riverfront – WPPJ to investigate cost to jury and funding sources.