Board researches new town maps

  • Tim Fountain of CAI Tech. shows New Ipswich officials flaws in the map near the Turnpike Road, Sharon Road intersection. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) — Staff photo by Brandon Latham

  • Tim Fountain of CAI Tech. shows New Ipswich officials flaws in the map near the Turnpike Road, Sharon Road intersection. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) —Staff photo by Brandon Latham

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/2/2017 7:36:31 AM

At the request of the board of assessors, New Ipswich is considering contracting for a new mapping project in coming years.

Tim Fountain of CAI Technologies presented options to the board of Selectmen at its Feb. 28, meeting. One of the options could cost the town $130,000 over three years.

The assessors approached Selectmen in December about redoing town maps that were spatially flawed, both by position and scale of parcels, to create a better reference and public record.

“This isn’t just an assessing thing, this is everything,” Jim Coffey, member of the board of assessors, said. “If you look ahead and you consider ourselves a service, there are all important and the better and quicker we can do it, the better.”

Coffey is the town administrator in Stoddard, where he has worked with Fountain and CAI on cartographic imaging before.

“If you are going to go forward and publish this for residents and staff, I recommend correcting that before you do so,” Fountain said.

He presented two primary options to the board for a better map service.

Option one is the least expensive. For about $11,000, a the map could be realigned with an improved base in about 12 to 16 months.

This involves research and a hierarchy of information, but could shrink or expand land parcels. It would only need to be done once.

“It’s a very detailed process, as much an art as a science,” Fountain said. “It will resize and change the map.”

Option two is the more trustworthy. Over three years, New Ipswich could have a brand new map for $130,000. This is a more involved process but is the most accurate and offers the most uses. It can be overlayed with detailed information about town sewer, water and drainage, street lights, and specifics of land use.

Antrim recently did this, and the boards were shown examples of how to use it.

No decisions are set to be made, but improved mapping is a priority for the town.




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