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Commissioners Grant NIPSCO GIS Data for $15,000

  03/06/13 The Marshall County Commissioners approved the request of NIPSCO to get additional information from the County’s GIS data.

A couple of weeks ago NIPSCO made a request to be able to access names and addresses from the GIS so that once they have selected a couple of possible routes for the Reynolds to Topeka over-head transmission line they could contact prospective property owners and let them know of the public open houses for the project.

The current county ordinance does not allow for names and addresses to be released.  After reviewing the request with the county’s GIS staff and the IT Department it was determined that such information can be obtained without much issue.

The Commissioners agreed to allow NIPSCO the names and addresses for the parcels the power lines may use in the 100 mile project.  NIPSCO will pay the county $15,000 for the complete data base including names and addresses.  NIPSCO has also agreed to use the data for this specific project and not sell the information to a third party.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger suggested the commissioners “revisit” the ordinance and update it for data that is now available from the County’s GIS and review the fees charged to see if they are in-line with other communities who have the capability to share GIS data.

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3 Responses to “ Commissioners Grant NIPSCO GIS Data for $15,000 ”

  1. Thor on March 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

    The County Commissioners should also revisit appropriate use of the information and how long someone may possess it and who will have access to it while they have it. There should be a log of who has access to the data so that it may be tracked if misused.

    I notice that while they are interested in knowing the property owners along the projected route, they appear to have purchased the entire database.

    While NIPSCO’s intentions may be honorable it does not mean that all of their employees are and identity theft is an unfortunately common crime.

  2. Kathy Bottorff on March 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    This is the high voltage over head power line that will run 100 miles from Reynolds to Topeka crossing through Marshall County somewhere.

  3. AnnF on March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Can’t they just look it up over the Internet? That’s what I used when I worked the Census.

    Also, Kathy, I’ve forgotten what this project is for. Would you, please, remind me?