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City Engineer Lance Meyer presented the City of Minot’s new Geographic Information System (GIS) website during the Committee of the Whole meeting on March 28.
Meyer said the new website uses industry-standard software and technology, and will allow users to find detailed information about construction projects, road closures, and load restrictions.
“As far as technology goes, this really opens the door for us to provide a good service to our citizens,” he said.
The new site can be found at minotnd.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.
Meyer demonstrated the new system to the committee members. Projects are currently being added to the overall map of the city. There are four separate categories; construction projects, fire station response areas, load restrictions, and road closures.
Users can view a variety of features and projects, including street repairs, sewer work, general maintenance, road closures, and construction projects. Users can click on a specific project, and find detailed information about the project, including a description of the project, scheduled dates of the work, and the name of the project manager with contact information. There’s also a one-click method to send an email directly to the project manager.
Meyer said information will be updated as work on the projects progresses.
“Our old GIS, it was real cumbersome to try to search and find something, and with these new maps it’s going to be a lot easier,” Meyer said. ‘We would be happy to hear any feedback or input.”
Meyer said the new system will also be useful in assisting the Minot Police Department or Minot Fire Department by producing data relating to trends in certain types of crimes or fire-related issues in a specific part of town. Meyer also said the new maps are compatible with flood plain maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Meyer said the City recently won an award from Esri, the company behind the new GIS software, based on the work the City did siting the new fire station in northwest Minot.