Stephens Co. Commission Approves GIS Contract

Stephens County will continue to move forward with GIS technology.

Last month, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved a contract with GIS1, LLC of Watkinsville, Georgia not to exceed $10,000 for the company to assist Stephens County with GIS needs.

GIS, or geographic information system, is a system that is designed to store, use, map, and present different types of geographical data.

Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that a three-year agreement the county had for GIS software is expiring and the county needed a new contract for GIS needs.

Ayers said she and a committee looked at the issue and felt GIS1 was a good fit for the county.

She went on to say that GIS technology is something the county needs.

“We have got to take baby steps towards GIS,” said Ayers. “We do not have the education within our government or the manpower, so we have determined to make a recommendation to you (the commission) to work on three layers to get the data very strong before we move on.”

Those layers, she said, are parcels with the Tax Assessor’s Office, road center lines, and addressing with E-911.

Commissioners said they appreciate the work that Ayers and the committee put into looking at the issue.