City of Wolfforth puts GIS on its website

The city of Wolfforth has trained employees on its new geographical information system and is now using it.

But parts of it are also available to the public on the Internet at www.wolfforthtx.us/maps.htm.

For police, the system will be useful in determining who lives at at property — information that could differ from public information on who owns the property.

City Hall’s information on who is paying for utilities to a home will now be linked to the map that police can use.

For others, some information will be limited.

The city will not be giving out information on manholes and water and sewer lines over the Internet, although it will be available directly at City Hall for “appropriate purposes,” said City Manager Darrell Newsom.

“If it’s not there, somebody can call City Hall and we can make them a map of just about anything,” he said.

Newsom said the city decided to put all items that are public domain on the public system, like information on tornadoes, weather events, school district boundaries, the city’s long-term comprehensive plan, flood information and aerial photos dating back to 1996, so people can view Wolfforth’s progress in recent years.

“If you look on the cemetery and pull up the data for it, you can pull up a listing for who’s buried in what plots and who owns what plots,” said Newsom.

City Secretary Debbie Youngblood said the system has already cut down some of the time required for her own work, noting that one project took seven days previously and now takes just two days.

Newsom said the city will also tie all of its construction projects to the map.

“As we install or build anything, we’ll take pictures,” he said.

The city will then be able to look at the pipelines and information about how deep they were placed without having to dig everything up.

The GIS system was paid for by the Wolfforth Economic Development Corp.

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