Bird’s eye views approved

FLINT TWP. — New views of the township from the sky will be taken next spring as part of participation in the Genesee County 2014 Pictometry and Orthoimagery Project.

Pictometry is a patented aerial image captured in an airplane flyover showing roofs, fronts and sides of buildings and other ground details.

The Flint Township board unanimously approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the county Geographic Information System (GIS) Department to participate in the 2014 project, which updates a 2009 agreement.

The county GIS will execute the sixyear agreement with the Pictometry International Corp.based in Rochester, New York.

By signing on, the township board agreed to pay $2,549 of its estimated $15,299 cost share due by January 17.

The estimated total project cost of $422,502 will be shared by all participating groups including the county road and drain commissions, the Land Bank, count 911 and partnering cities and townships.

The coordinated effort seeks to obtain updated oblique and orthogonal high-resolution digital aerial images for the entire county in the spring of 2014 and again in the spring of 2017.

Results will provide graphic views of every square foot of the township affording the ability to analyze and measure structures, intersections, alleys, properties and other features.

“We use it a great deal in the building department when customers come in and can’t describe an area,’’ said Tracey Tucker, township building director.

She said the Pictometry images also have been used in court a few times to provide visuals of an area.

Tucker said that she can also access Pictometry images taken in 2006 and 2009. She also said she is working with county officials to create a zoning map overlay for imagery of water and sewer lines.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said that the township’s assessor recommended participating in the aerial image updating. The cost is included in the 2014 budget.

Trustee Frank Kasle asked if all municipalities in Genesee County were participating and how it would affect the shared payment structure is some of them, such as the city of Flint, decide to opt out.

Tucker said they probably would be excluded from the flyover and not get updated images. Aerial images are put into a database and available for access by participating groups.

Trustee Belenda Parker, who works for Mt. Morris Township, said she has used Pictometry and found it to be a useful tool.

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