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Published: Monday, 7/7/2014

Sylvania to hire new IT person to catalog mapping online


Sylvania officials plan to bring their service department into the Internet age, placing its road and utility data on an interactive mapping system.

The department is to hire a geographic information systems coordinator, paid $60,000 a year, to put the city’s information on an interactive map of utility lines, trees, traffic lights, light poles, and road data. It will be for internal use between departments, such as water, parks and forestry, and sewer.

Deputy Service Director Joe Shaw described it as live data management, where users can zoom in on a particular water line and receive pertinent data and history on the structure, such as finding a water main underground during a snowstorm. It would allow employees to run queries, such as asking for accident information at a selected road intersection, said Kevin Aller, city service director.

Mr. Aller said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to require the communities seeking permits to submit supporting information electronically.

The City Council approved the new position, acknowledging there would be some added computer costs already built in to the city‘s Information Technology Department‘‍s budget.

The coordinator will continually update the electronic information.

The data is to start with the water department the first year, the streets the second year, and other departments after that.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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