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Village of Massena approves partnership with City of Ogdensburg on GIS Implementation Project

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MASSENA - The village of Massena will partner with the city of Ogdensburg on a shared services grant application for the Geographic Information System (GIS) Implementation project, which deals with water and sewer records.

Ogdensburg is among many St. Lawrence County municipalities involved in the partnership, according to Massena Mayor James F. Hidy.

“What this is, it’s a records retention program. There’s no cost, there’s no anything. It’s just a back-up for all the water, sewer (records), the whole gamut to be inclusive in this program that’s between the state and Ogdensburg,” Mr. Hidy said. “Just about every municipality is climbing on board with this.”

“The lead agency is going to be the city of Ogdensburg. It will be much like the St. Lawrence County Portal. It’s going to capture all of the areas between Watertown and Massena, at least that area,” Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said. “St. Lawrence County portal shows you tax information, any information that pertains to that property. This process now is similar. It will enable people to be able to get on the portal, and DANC will be able to tell if there’s water/sewer out there. If an individual is interested in a property, the system will show gas lines and everything.”

In a letter to Ogdensburg City Clerk Kathleen Bouchard, Mr. Hidy said the project represents a significant value to the village.

“By converting our hardcopy records to digital format, we will be better equipped to maintain our water and wastewater records and provide a valuable service to our community by providing web-based access to these records,” the letter noted.

As a part of the agreement, the city’s GIS consultant will have access to the Massena facilities, records management officer and water/wastewater operator in order to assist them with conversion of hardcopy water and wastewater documents. Village Trustee Timothy J. Ahlfeld was vocal about his support of the partnership.

“It’s a good idea, It’s a GIS program, and we’re just going to make that data so it gets into this bigger system that’ll probably be web-based, have better software and will be cheaper,” Mr. Ahlfeld said.

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