County votes 4-3 to join plant board map system

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Magistrate Lambert Moore believes the county is paying a lot of money for an outdated mapping system. Magistrate Ira Fannin agrees, saying the only benefit seems to be some expensive, nice looking aerial photographs.

Nevertheless, Franklin Fiscal Court voted 4-3 Thursday to pay $226,292 to the Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board to become a partner with the city and plant board in a Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping service.

Fiscal Court can pay for the service in annual installments of $22,629 for 10 years.

According to the plant board, some additional GIS-related costs which Fiscal Court can expect are $18,000 to $20,000 for a license; $3,000 for a computer; $6,000 for a plotter; plus expenses for employee training and future upgrades for software and hardware.

Moore said he thinks "it's a 20th century system that we're getting into in the 21st century. I don't like it."

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