County Board accepts digitized mapping bid

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The Clay County Board of Supervisors approved a $46,600 bid from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District for digitized parcel mapping of Clay County.

According to the proposal, the GTPDD will redraw all parcels in Clay County at $2.50 per parcel using aerial photography from 2014 as a base map. County Section lines will be used as provided by the United States Geologic Survey, and deeds will be able to map parcels that are not identifiable by other means. All parcels will be redrawn in a digital geographic information system and stored in a geodatabase. All lots, plats and subdivisions will be incorporated into the digitized mapping, and the county land use and soil layers are completed. A map book will be created for printing purposes in Clay County. The county tax assessor and staff will be trained on how to print on the plotter in the Tax Assessor/Tax Collector office.

The project is estimated to be completed in 15 months.

Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said the digitized mapping was required by the Department of Revenue.

Berry said the property lines on the current maps are skewed, it the cost to fix the current maps would be the same as having new ones made.

Tax Assessor/Collector Paige Lamkin said the county decided to start from scratch and start with a base layer that is correct.

Lamkin said maps could currently be viewed online, but they cannot be printed because they are incorrect.

“The whole purpose of this is to have correct maps if someone needs to print a map of their property or look at maps online,” Lamkin said. “We also use the maps when we work out in the field.”

Lamkin said the digitized maps must be completed within 15 to 18 months.

The board will meet again at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Clay County Court House.