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County names new map administrator
January 16, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Suzie Wick, who’s worked in the Scotts Bluff County Surveyor and Mapping Office for the past four years, was recently named as the Geographic Information System Administrator.

The Scotts Bluff County Board has named Suzie Wick from the Surveyor and Mapping Office to head up the department as Geographic Information System (GIS) Administrator.

Wick succeeds Duane Stott as GIS Administrator, who stepped down from the position last November. Stott continues his elected position as County Surveyor.

“Duane started here in 1989 and had the foresight to see computer drawn mapping,” she said. “The biggest department we work with is the Assessors office in mapping the tax parcels.”

Mapping also assists numerous other departments. For the Roads Department, the create maps of the one and six-year road plans. They can also measure and draw a proposed new road so the cost of materials can be estimated.

“We’re also working on a signage layer that identifies all the traffic signs in the county,” she said. “This will help the county with maintenance and with making sure the signs meet reflective requirements.”

The system can also assist local law enforcement in tracking areas where criminal activity might be happening.

“We’re here to help the general public,” Wick said. “People come in and want to know where their lot lines are located or the layout of land they’ve purchased.”

The mapping department will also work with the Assessor to integrate the upcoming pictometry 3-D imaging process into their computer systems.

“We’re getting ready to put maps of all the tax parcels online and it will include pictometry images,” she said. “This will help the assessor visually see and catch any changes in properties. Our parcels are the Assessor’s base for determining taxes.”

Wick has been with the Surveyor and Mapping Office for the past four years. Prior to that, she was an AutoCAD mapping designer for her construction company.

“Technology has made a huge difference in how maps are made,” she said. “Duane put together an excellent base for us to build on. “There are so many things for us to learn at our conferences, we have to pick and choose what we’ll attend. It’s interesting to keep up with everything.”

She added the office should have all the county’s properties online for public inspection by this spring.
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