Sharper eye to view properties

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 01:48 PM

Davidson County officials decided Tuesday to take a sharper look at properties with a new aerial survey.
The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pay a contractor $55,000 for the aerial Kucera “oblique imagery” survey. 
“We think this could save enough money in manpower to pay for itself in two years,” said Tax Collector Joe Silver. “The image is so good we can measure the dimensions of a building and get construction measures.”
Since the county was last photographed in 2004, thousands of properties have changed.  Engineering consultants, real estate brokers and lawyers also use the GIS information as well as various government departments.
Silver said updated overlay aerial views from the Florida-based company will be very helpful for the next countywide property revaluation in 2015. There are no immediate plans to  offer public access to the new images, however.
Too much detail could be dangerous, said Commissioner Larry Potts, especially if the wrong people saw the images.
Aerial photography usually is taken during early spring before trees and bushes start leafing and flowering.
In other business, commissioners approved a $30,000 consultant’s design-build contract with Ramsey, Burgin, Smith Architects for  help with a new sheriff’s office. The planned site is located at the former Lank of Lexington manufacturing campus off of U.S. Highway 64 near County Home Road.
Commissioners have yet to approve a building, but  site demolition is finished. Sheriff David Grice has collected $1 million from federal forfeiture funds to partly finance the project he has said he needs for more space.

Sharper Look

Images: With aerial images taken at a 45-degree angle with as many as eight,  36 mega-pixel cameras, county officials will have better property images for tax appraisal, geographic information and 911 emergency services.