PLATTSMOUTH – In the past, when Plattsmouth city workers needed to repair or perform other duties on the water or sewer systems, locating the precise problem area often was time consuming.
They relied on paper maps or even memory to find the right spot. During winter, workers often had to remove snow to search for the area needing work.
That’s about to change.
The city council Monday evening approved the use of GIS mapping to obtain location points.
“It’s modernizing the location of our sewer and water systems,” said Mayor Paul Lambert. “It will save a lot of effort and time.”
Olmsted and Perry Consulting Engineers, Inc., the firm the city relies on for engineering work, will do the mapping. The city will pay a one-time fee of $58,100 for the work.
Concerning the water system, the firm will use this type of mapping to locate such components as fire hydrants, valves and valve manholes, and air release manholes.
On sanitary sewers, the components to be located will include manholes, lift stations and air release manholes.
On storm sewers, the components to be located will include manholes, inlets, junctions and boxes.
The information will be downloaded onto the city’s server for access by city departments.
“This will make it much more efficient,” Lambert said.
Neil Frodermann, the newly-hired public works director, also had praise for this type of service.
“This is a great tool,” he told the council. “GIS mapping is so precise. I think it’s a good investment for the city.”
In other business, the council approved annual licenses for several mobile home parks and they met city inspection requirements.
The quality of such parks within the city has improved over the last few years, according to Lambert.
The mayor also proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month in Plattsmouth.
This recognition should encourage more people to volunteer as mentors to the benefit of youth within the community and throughout the state, Lambert said in his proclamation.