The town of Ferdiand board approved a $15,000 purchase last night for a “Trimble” Global Positioning System (or GPS mapping system) to aid in current and future town projects. 

Ryan Ernst is the Geographic information system (or GIS) coordinator for the town. A GIS allows a user to visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. Ernst says the technology will save town workers time looking for utilities.

A representative from Trimble told the Board the town will have a 1 year warranty on coverage of hardware and software and a 2 year agreement with Trimble for mapping and technical support. Board President Ken Sicard says the GPS system says the system will be more exact in locating town resources.

Sicard also believes the technology will save time and money. Engineers will be able to export collected data to various formats including autocad and google earth. The Trimble device will also be able to meaure elevation up to 6 inches.

The town board also questioned last night whether it can switch to another contractor for its Pedestrian/ bicycle trail  project. Sicard says the town will be solely responsible for the construction and assessment fee.

The town board will discuss the issue further while comparing estimated figures from INDOT.

In other town business, ids will be taken starting Monday February 18th  for the sale of the Old Police Station. Also last night, a hearing was set for March 12 at 8 pm for additional appropriation of $95,000 for the 18th street park.

The board also approved opening a part-time position for an electric department lineman who would also be on call for the town’s utility department.