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Aerial photos can wait for now March 7, 2009

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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Soaring high: Commissioners said no Tuesday to a $70,000 aerial photography project designed to update Goodhue County’s geographic information system. That was the right move in a tough economy.

No one refutes that timely updates keep GIS pertinent. The question is whether a flight in 2009 would be invaluable — or at least worth the $70,000. Commissioners Ron Allen, Jim Bryant and Ted Seifert contend the flight can and must wait.

The 3-2 vote puts the onus on business and government partners in the GIS group to change one of these men’s mind.

We suspect that many partners are delaying big projects themselves. Most people understand that even planned expenditures face delays in a recession/depression.

If updating the GIS photo archive can’t wait, then partners need to explain why.

If they can outline compelling reasons, then a compromise might be in order. The last flight was in 2005. There’s been plenty of construction since then, but we doubt there will be much in the next few years. Commissioners might buy into a flight soon if they won’t be asked to fund another say until, say, 2015.

In the meantime, we understand why the photography crew is grounded.

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