GIS: Minutes September 12, 2007

Minutes September 12, 2007


GIS Council Meeting

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Legislative Office Building




The September 12, 2007 GIS Council Meeting minutes are not official or binding until acceptance by the GIS Council at the next scheduled meeting, October 24, 2007. 




Members Present

Diane Wallace, DOIT

Mike Varney, DOIT

Tony Andosca, CSU

Andy Asaro, DOT

Dennis Barry, DSS

Steve Fish, DEP

Stuart Fitzgerald, DECD

Richard Gallacher, Town of Manchester

Jerry Iwan, DPH

Patrick Ladd, Town of West Hartford

Stephen Lowrey, Town of Tolland

Raymond Philbrick, DPW

George Pohorilak, DPS

Bill Palomba, DPUC

Sandy Prisloe, UConn

Scott Roberts, Town of South Windsor

Skip Thomas, DEMHS

Dan Morley, OPM


Members Absent

Derek Phelps, Siting Council

Erik Snowden, Regional Planning (CRCOG)

Wayne Kasacek, DOA

LTC Gerald Luwkowski, Military


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m. by Chairwoman Diane Wallace. 


Diane Wallace announced congratulations to Mike Varney who was awarded the 12th Annual National Fire Chief of the Year award by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.


Review of August 22 Minutes


Chairwoman Wallace called for a motion to accept the August 22, 2007 GIS Council meeting minutes. Council Member Patrick Ladd motioned to accept; Council Member Andy Asaro seconded. Chairwoman Wallace asked for discussion, no discussion ensued. All in favor - none opposed.  Motion carried. 



Legal and Security Working Group


Brenda Bergeron, Legal and Security Working Chair reported that Legal Group was asked to assemble a legislative working group to develop GIS legislation. They will meet Sept 17th at 2:00. Suggestions for GIS legislation should be emailed to Brenda before Monday, Sept. 17.


Brenda Bergeron also reported on the application of FOI status for the Data and Inventory Working Group Subcommittees. Brenda Bergeron has contacted the Executive Director of Freedom of Information Commission via letter regarding this matter and is getting an informal written staff opinion from FOI staff. Brenda Bergeron will meet with the executive director.


Brenda Bergeron reported on a request by the Department of Correction on application of FOI law to GIS data relating to corrections facilities. She has put this request to the legal group. She anticipates that the group will advise that DOC request an exemption from disclosure as a safety risk under Conn. Gen. Stat. §1-210(b)(19).   On October 1st, 2007, a new law will go into effect putting DEMHS in charge of FOI requests on the municipal level. Requests from state agencies will remain the responsibility of Department of Public Works to approve on a case by case basis.


The legislative meeting will be held at DEMHS offices, 25 Sigourney St, Hartford, Conference Room B, 6th floor, on September 17th.


Chairwoman Wallace asked for question or comment. No discussion ensued.



Strategic Plan Review


A Strategic Plan Review was provided by Steve Anderson of Applied Geographics, Inc. The presentation focused on items not covered in the last presentation of the plan including implementation budgetary requirements that would be required to establish GIS capacity in Connecticut.  Steve Anderson also addressed comments received on the plan.


Some discussion ensued about when additional comments would be accepted. Chairwoman Wallace indicated that more comments will be accepted through today but only minor edits would be accepted after that.


During the presentation some discussion ensued on the development of budgets presented in the Strategic Plan required to accomplish the program goals. In particular, some members requested information about whether or not indirect costs have been included for items including administrative costs and distribution of data. There was discussion about whether the plan had incorporated current investments being made on data development.


Applied Geographics Presentation


Chairwoman Wallace requested questions or comments on the report. Council Member Prisloe raised concerns about a lack of discussion for the role of academia in the plan. Steve Anderson agreed that this should be highlighted more.  More discussion ensued about the need to explain that the benefits and efficiencies of coordination are shared costs and a better product. Council Member Ladd suggested explaining the concept of Framework Data Layers and GIS for laypersons.

Some concerns were raised about the plan’s reliance on consultants to accomplish the plans goals. Chairman Wallace requested that the plan stress the need to build internal capacity.



Chairwoman Wallace asked for approval of the plan and it was agreed by group consensus


New Business

Chairwoman Wallace asked for any New Business to be presented. No new business was presented.




Chairwoman Wallace asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Council Member Prisloe motioned to adjourn; Council Member Pohorilak seconded.  All in favor - none opposed.  Motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

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