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Software being considered could help Clanton digitize infrastructure records

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Spencer Bienvenu and Laura Kate Young of CDG presented information on digitizing water and sewer location records through GIS overlays to the Clanton City Council on June 24.

The company’s program would give the location and specifications of pipes and other infrastructure.

The company would also evaluate each of the city’s road through its rating system. Mims said this would be helpful information in knowing which roads are an immediate need and applying for grants.

The overlays and information would be stored on CDG servers protected for cyberattacks, but the city would retain ownership of the information.

Stanley Higgins, director of utilities, asked several questions about how the software would work out in the field, including who could add information to the overlays. All of the overlays would be able to be accessed through a device where ever personnel were working and had a signal.

Bienvenu said the city would receive one administrator level credential as a part of the $1,000 annual fee that can edit information, but it was recommended to contact CDG with the information to have their staff input the information.

Higgins expressed concerns that were not different levels of access available in the program and that it could not generate work orders.

Bienvenu said a system that could generate work orders was “pretty cutting edge right now.”

“If we are going to go electronic, we need the entire system to be electronic,” Higgins said.

Mims suggested that Higgins and the CDG personnel discuss the program more before the council makes a vote.