Tucker County officials are looking into updating GIS road databases in order to make navigation through the county easier.
Darla Stemple, Tucker County Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management and E911 director, spoke to the Tucker County Commission about the continuous issue of trucks getting lost in the county because proper truck routes are not available for most GPS systems.
She also spoke about the fact that navigating by GPS in Tucker frequently proves arduous, because many new roads or newly named roads are not included in most databases.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Hoover
Darla Stemple, Tucker County Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management and E911 director, speaks to the Tucker County Commission about updating GIS databases so that Tucker County’s truck routes and new roads are available to GPS systems.
Stemple said the only way to ameliorate these problems is to make sure GIS road databases are updated.
Currently, she is looking into how Tucker County can provide current information for the most used GIS databases.
Commission President James "Tom" Carr said this was the most progress he has seen on these issues in a while.
Stemple also reported that the County has new portable emergency road signs, provided by the West Virginia Department of Highways.
Regarding other business, Joel Goughnour, Tucker County administrator, announced the West Virginia State Supreme Court awarded a $182,000 grant to update the Tucker County Courthouse's security features.
Goughnour said the grant is to help the Tucker Courthouse comply with minimum security standards set by the State Supreme Court.
The commission also appointed Linda Bates to succeed Martha Phillips as mayor of Hamilton.
Bates was Hamilton's mayor previous to Phillips, but she chose not to run for re-election. Martha Phillips was elected; she recently resigned, however, and offered to serve as mayor again.
The commission also granted Tucker County Connections the remaining $1,200 needed to cover the costs of their summer education program for 5th graders, which is intended to foster local school children's relationships to the natural and anthropological histories that they live within in Tucker County.