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Expert sought to increase utility efficiencies in Wadsworth

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WADSWORTH — City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night creating the position of geographic information system analyst.

Public Service Director Robert Patrick said the city is looking to install and implement a citywide Geographic Information System that will combine all of the city’s utilities, maps and data into a software package.

“This person is going to be responsible for getting it going off the ground and then (will be) the person who maintains all that,” Patrick said immediately following the meeting.

A salary range for the GIS analyst is $48,170 to $72,225.

Patrick said the new system will be housed in the city’s Engineering Department, and the new analyst position is essentially a replacement for a different position with the city.

“We formerly had a position that was more of a technician and a CAD draftsman, and we didn’t fill that position when it was vacated two years ago,” he said. “We wanted to see how things went, what the needs are.”

After the city made the decision to proceed with creating the GIS system, it was decided to take a look at that position and make some revisions to the job description, Patrick said.

“We said ‘hey we are going to change that, we are going to add some responsibilities, add some skill levels,’ so that’s what we did,” Patrick said.

Patrick said the job has not yet been advertised because it was necessary for Council to approve it first.

“Now we are working on getting the job description done, figuring out all the requirements of it and then we will get that posted out there in a number of weeks and find a qualified candidate,” Patrick said.

Patrick said the city currently utilizes a variety of maps and computer-aided designs, and the GIS system will allow city employees to use a tablet to locate information rather than having multiple people searching through paper maps.

In addition to bringing a GIS analyst onboard, the city will also utilize the services of a consultant to assist with uploading the city’s paper maps for its utilities into the system. A budget for the consultant was not available Wednesday.

Patrick said the system, which will tie into a citywide worker management system, is state-of-the-art technology that he hopes to have up and running within a year.

“My goal is within the next year we are functioning well, where we have everything or at least a certain percentage of everything mapped and where we have it live where other departments can use it and then we can start seeing some of those efficiency savings,” he said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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