GIS: Minutes February 28, 2007


{State of CT Geospatial Information Systems Council}

GIS Council Meeting

 February 28 2007





Members Present

Andy Asaro, DOT

Patrick Ladd, Town of West Hartford

Mike Varney, DOIT

Richard Gallacher, Town of Manchester

Steve Fish, DEP

Skip Thomas, DEMHS

Erik Snowden, Regional Planning (CROG)

George Pohorilak, DPS, Acting Council Chairperson for Chairwoman Wallace

Stuart Fitzgerald, DECD

Tony Andosca, CSU

Dennis Barry, DSS

Sandy Prisloe, UConn

Scott Roberts, Town of South Windsor

Bill Palomba, DPUC

Jerry Iwan, DPH

Wayne Kasacek, DOA

Dan Morley, OPM

Raymond Philbrick, DPW

Derek Phelps, Siting Council



Members Absent

LTC Gerald Luwkowski, Military

Stephen Lowrey, Town of Tolland

Diane Wallace, DOIT


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m. by Acting Chairperson Council Member George Pohorilak.


Review of January 24 Minutes

Council Member Pohorilak asked for discussion of the January 24, 2007 GIS Council meeting minutes.  No discussion ensued. Council Member Pohorilak called for a motion to accept the meeting minutes.  Council Member Ladd motioned to accept; Council Member Asaro seconded.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried. 


Council Member Pohorilak introduced Dr. Gerald Iwan, DPH as the new Council Member replacing Tyler Kleykamp who now works for OPM.


Data and Inventory Assessment Working Group

Jim Spencer (Data and Inventory Assessment Working Group Chair) reported their meeting with TeleAtlas regarding data modeling with respect to transportation.  He discussed the Homeland Security 2007 grant.  A formal recommendation regarding the grant will be made to the Council in the future.  He is still looking for qualified individuals to participate in data subgroups and will send a list of names to Project Manager Varney for recommendation.


Jim Spencer announced Tyler Kleykamp’s participation in the Data and Inventory Workgroup, however, it is temporary. 


Council Member Pohorilak gave an update on TeleAtlas.  He stated that DPS is renewing the agreement for the next fiscal year.  TeleAtlas will be providing quarterly updates in the next cycle.   He reiterated that this is an enterprise license that allows any governmental entity to use.  There are approximately 48 governmental agencies currently using services from TeleAtlas as a result. 


Council Member Prisloe questioned how orthoimagery, the Census Bureau and TeleAtlas fit together.  There was open discussion regarding the tools.  Council Member Pohorilak responded there would be a full analysis of the tools to ensure what is built is what’s best for the State of Connecticut. 


Legal and Security Working Group

There was nothing new to report for this meeting.   


Finance Working Group

There was nothing new to report for this meeting.   


Training and Education Working Group

Council Member and Working Group Chair Sandy Prisloe reported that the Training and Education Workgroup met on February 21, 2007.  They are awaiting the hire of a staff person to assist with Workgroup activities.  He made several recommendations for enhancement to the GIS web page to include accessing the GIS applications that are out on the Internet such as interactive maps that are online in Connecticut.  He also recommended that the Workgroups have access to the GIS web page to allow them to post material; suggesting this be controlled by having a staging area where content is reviewed prior to going live.  This type of process would help to expedite information to the public.  Council Member Prisloe recommended the development of a database of “who’s who” in GIS in Connecticut.  Council Member Roberts volunteered to look into this recommendation.


Online training was discussed.  The Workgroup would like to explore this option and make available to GIS users around Connecticut.  ESRI classes have been reviewed as a possibility as well as licensing through the State’s public education system.  He announced that the next NEARC users meeting will be held April 27 at Smith College in North Hampton.  This is a one day meeting where other GIS users have an opportunity to network.  Tyler Kleykamp is coordinating a meeting of state level representatives to discuss issues specific to state-level GIS use.


DEMHS GIS Project Update

Mike Varney (Project Manager) gave the following update:  A municipal data workgroup meeting was held at the Fire Academy with very good representation from municipalities – over 60 participants.  There was a lot of discussion regarding types of data municipalities would like to see and are willing to share.   There was also a tremendous amount of feedback regarding what the municipalities want and need from the State, and what they could provide to us.  A synopsis and report will be released in the next few weeks.   This was an excellent peer networking event and a great opportunity to disseminate information.  There was a very wide range of complexity of systems and phases of GIS in the municipalities. 


New Business

Peter Hugret, Director of Information Technology, Town of Branford had contacted Council Member Palomba regarding their need to access above ground utility data.  Council Member Palomba suggested he present his needs/concerns to the Council.  At the meeting, Mr. Hugret explained the town’s need.  As there is no statutory authority to make a utility company share their information, it was suggested that DPUC could possibly facilitate a conversation with the utility companies to what their concerns are. 



Council Member Pohorilak told the Council that proposed legislation to meet bi-monthly was submitted.  However, the objective is only to give the Council flexibility in the event another major event (such as GIS week) is scheduled for the same day and time.



Council Member Pohorilak asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Council Member Prisloe motioned to adjourn; Council Member Ladd seconded.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.


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