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Redington Beach undecided on data tracking plan
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REDINGTON BEACH – Town of Redington Beach officials continued their search March 1 for the appropriate computer software to track the town’s maintenance and repair needs in a lengthy discussion with a second potential supplier of Global Information System technology.

However, commissioners withheld a decision until they could determine more precisely what their needs were.

They also said farewell to a long-serving commissioner.

Officials from Geospatial Corp. demonstrated a GIS technology named GeoUnderground they told commissioners it would be quick to learn and easy to operate. The technology, they said, was built on Google Maps and stored data in the “cloud.”

Videos, photographs, inspection documents work orders and other information could be uploaded to the system by city workers.

Company official Troy Taggart described the technology as “GIS for dummies” and said city public works staff could be trained to operate the software in about 30 minutes.

The Geospatial system would cost about $2,500 to set up, plus about $10,000 to collect the necessary data on the town’s outfall locations.

Last month, CPWG, which already provides Redington Beach with engineering services, demonstrated another GIS system based on ESRI technology to the commission. Setup of that system would cost $14,000, plus $8,000 to collect outfall data.

At the March 1 meeting, Taggart, of Geospatial, described CPWG’s proposed software as “very high-tech” that would require the hiring of a fulltime GIS analyst.

In general, GIS technology can be used in a number of ways, such as locating buried power lines and sewer lines or tracking the history of repairs to a particular street. The information can then be integrated and displayed on a map and analyzed.

Mayor Nick Simons said he believed the city would primarily use a GIS system to maintain records on the town’s 40 outfall locations. That information would become part of the town’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, reports mandated under the federal Clean Water Act to permit source points of pollution. He said he was “quite proud” of the quality of reports the town had produced in past years.

Simons added that before commissioners could decide which GIS system to buy, they should determine to what extent it would be used.

Simons ended the meeting by presenting a plaque to Commissioner Mark Deighton for his years of service to the city. Deighton, who is not seeking re-election, has served on the commission since 2007. He was initially elected to the commission in 1996 and was appointed mayor in 1997 when the incumbent resigned.

In other actions, commissioners:

• Approved the appointment of Wendy Fields and Joseph Fleish to the Board of Adjustment. Fields will hold a full-time appointment, while Fleish was reappointed the alternate position he has held for about three years.

Fields has lived in Redington Beach for about 12 years and is employed as broker associate for a St. Petersburg real estate firm. Fleish has worked in the construction trades for more than three decades.

• Approved the appointment of Kenneth C. Lotterhos to the Planning Board. A previous Planning Board member, Lotterhos is managing director of Navigant Consulting Inc. of Tampa.

• Voted to extend until March 31, 2018, the town’s contract with Florida Municipal Services, Inc. FMS provides building plan reviews, construction inspections and planning/zoning development review for Redington Beach since 2015.

• Accepted an $8,000 quote from Ajax Paving Industries of Florida for paving repairs to sections of Fourth and Fifth streets and 161st Avenue. Ajax had given the town a quote for $12,820 in February to perform the work, but Town Clerk Missy Clarke said Ajax workers mistakenly performed the work before the quote was accepted. Clarke said Ajax reduced their quote to $8,000 in acknowledgement of the error.
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