New addition to Vigo County government will improve efficiency

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VIGO COUNTY Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – County Commissioner Brendan Kearns said a new utilization of the ‘Geographic Information System’ will improve government projects within the county.

According to Kearns, the system creates a bridge of communication that will help inform workers on project installation and help keep tabs on previous projects that may need attention in the future.

The Vigo County Council Tuesday approved the new GIS department and the creation of two new positions: an office manager and a GIS coordinator.

Kearns said funding for the new department will not cost taxpayers because all funds will come from within the government. He said they took advantage of a retirement and an unfilled position to create the revenue needed.

Larry Robbins, county engineer and now GIS department head, said the information system was implemented back in the early 2000s, but now it’s being utilized more.

Robbins said the system will help workers track projects in an area to see what needs work.

“Overall,” Robbins said, “there should be better service for the public. This is just a way to track things to make sure issues don’t fall through the cracks.”

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