GIS: Minutes May 24

{State of CT Geospatial Information Systems Council}

GIS Council Meeting
May 24, 2006



Members Present

Diane Wallace, DOIT

James Thomas, DEMHS

Patrick Ladd, Town of West Hartford

Erik Snowden, Regional Planning (CROG)

Sandy Prisloe, UCONN

Angelo Asaro, DOT

Stephen Lowrey, Town of Tolland

Derek Phelps, CSC

Stuart Fitzgerald, DECD

Bill Palomba, DPUC

Wayne Kasacek, DOA

Dan Morley, OPM

Steve Fish, DEP

Tyler Kleykamp, DPH

Dennis Barry, DSS

Michael Varney, DOIT

Anthony Andosca, CCSU

Scott Roberts, Town of South Windsor

Richard Gallacher, Town of Manchester

Liz Crutcher for George Pohorilak, DPS


Workgroup Members

Jim Spencer, DOT


Members Absent

Raymond Philbrick, DPW


Call to Order

CIO Wallace called meeting to order at 3 p.m.


Old Business


Introduction of New GIS Members

CIO Wallace introduced and welcomed new GIS Council Members:

  • Rich Gallacher, appointed by the Governor, representing the Town of Manchester – a municipality with a population of 30,000 – 59,999
  • Anthony Andosca, representing the CT State University System
  • Sandy Prisloe, representing the University of Connecticut

April 26 GIS Meeting Minutes

CIO Wallace asked for acceptance and approval of the April 26 GIS Council Meeting minutes.  Patrick Ladd put forth a motion to accept, Stuart Fitzgerald seconded, all in favor, none opposed.


Report of Working Groups

Mike Varney reported the Chair recommendations for the four established Workgroups:

  • Data and Inventory Assessment Group – Recommend Jim Spencer as Chair and Howie Sternberg as Co-chair.  Sandy Prisloe motioned to accept and Angelo Asaro seconded.  All in favor, none opposed.
  • Legal and Security - Recommend Brenda Bergeron as Chair.  Skip Thomas motioned to accept and Steve Fish seconded.  All in favor, none opposed.
  • Training and Education – Skip Thomas recommended Peter Sandgren, Ph.d, a former instructor with UCONN, now very active with DEMHS. Howie Sternberg recommended Sandy Prisloe.  Sandy will consider if Peter Sandgren is able to Co-chair. No motion was made on this Workgroup.
  • Finance – Recommend Steve Fish as Chair.  Skip Thomas motioned to accept and Angelo Asaro seconded.  All in favor, none opposed.


Strategic Business Plan

Group members are Dan Morley, Al Sylvester, Christina LePage, Scott Roberts, and Wayne Kasacek.  The group has officially met three times.  Steve Anderson, AGI, gave a presentation to the workgroup regarding the NSGIC Strategic and Business Planning templates and supporting documents.  The next steps are to fill the part-time personnel role (funded via the grant) to move the strategic plan along.  The goal is to complete the strategic plan early fall and present to coincide with the next Legislative session.  If you have an interest in participating with this workgroup, contact Mike Varney.


DEMHS GIS Project Update

This workgroup has been meeting weekly.  A steering group has been created representing DEMHS, DEP, DOIT, DOT, DPH, MIL and OPM. They are refining the requirements document and initial implementation scope.  An internal process regarding funding of GIS projects has been established to assist DEMHS in their assistance to municipalities who want to purchase homeland security items with their money.  Trumbull, Easton and Monroe are looking to pool money.  Mike will have more significant information to report at the next GIS Council meeting. 


Conversation then began regarding mapping and identification of individuals with the skills to operate within the EOC Geo lab.  It was noted that the individuals working in the Geo lab for the TOPP-Off exercise were high-end technical GIS users.  Steve Fish stressed the need to develop such a team that could be called in an emergency.  DEP has already developed a list of qualified individuals to serve on this team, and Steve expressed the need for other agencies and some municipalities to do the same.   


Skip Thomas noted that the evaluation of Connecticut’s TOPP-off exercise was extremely positive and having skilled individuals directly impacted the successful outcome of this exercise.  He volunteered to work with Council members to draft a letter for appropriate solicitation of members for this team.  It was noted that Council members who want to participate in this group are not in conflict with the GIS By-laws if they have the required skill set. 


There was some concern regarding participants who are not employed by the State. DOIT’s legal counsel will look into this. 


GIS Website

Mike Varney has gathered all information from the Interim Council’s Web site.  He will meet with the Workgroup chairs to identify additional documentation to be posted. 


ESRI conference

Utilizing the complimentary seats is not in violation of any State Ethics.  The seats have already been paid through the contract.  A request for authorization for all members attending will be sent to the Governor’s office for approval together.   


Capital Region Council of Governments

Mike Varney gave a presentation on the history and future of GIS in Connecticut.


Department Of Agriculture flyover

USDA has reported there was availability this year to take advantage of a flyover. The State’s share for the flyover is $20,550 at one meter resolution (next year’s flyover is two meter resolution).  There were questions and concerns regarding the fee and why we would have to pay for access to data from a federal agency.  It was reported that the $20,550 would give us the imagery to use as we see fit – we own it vs. just having access.  If we don’t pay, we could access over the internet but it would be extremely slow and potentially crash systems.  By paying, the information is ours to download on individual computers if desired.  There were also questions and concerns regarding USDA’s presentation at the April 24 GIS Council meeting – didn’t they state that this year’s opportunity had already passed us by, however, we could partner with them for next year’s flyover?  Skip Thomas motioned to have the Data and Inventory group further research this item and come-back with a full recommendation.  Tyler Kleykamp seconded, all in favor, none opposed.


CCM Emergency Management Symposium

DEMHS is co-sponsor of the CCM Emergency Management Symposium at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell.  Presentations will include information on GIS and Cyber Security within emergency management and State activities around TOP-off.   Further information regarding the Symposium can be found the DEMHS’s Web site. 


Other Business

DPS reported an increased interest in enterprise license for Tele-Atlas.  A Tele-Atlas representative has offered to come to a GIS Council meeting to talk about the data.


Chairperson Wallace asked for those interested in a specific item for discussion at a future GIS Council meeting to send their request/item to her, Mike Varney, or Karen Wassell.


A request was made to have a GIS Council meeting at the EOC.  Skip Thomas reported that the EOC was not completely configured but once done, would be a great idea. 


Jim Spencer reported that the orthophotography hard drives have been delivered to DEP, DOIT and DPS.  DOT is in the midst of procurement of FGDC compliant metadata to associate with those files.  


Pictometry Presentation

A presentation on Pictometry’s product was given.  Their product office oblique imagery of up to 500 square miles per image and can be integrated into Arcview (ESRI’s software application).  They are scheduled to fly 500 miles in Connecticut this fall.  If any other agency is interested in a flyover, please contact Pictometry now.  Flying logistics need to be done by August.  Their contract for licensing is two years with flyovers in the spring and fall.  If on contract they will also do post disaster flyovers for damage assessment, locating survivors, etc. 



After the presentation from Pictometry Tyler Kleykamp put forth a motion to adjourn, Steve Fish seconded, all in favor, none opposed.  Meeting adjourned.


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