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County Obtains $362,000 Grant for High Resolution Aerial Imagery

Post Date:12/06/2018 3:47 PM

December 6, 2018   

RockSpringsPowerPlant_2016    StewartRd&ClaiborneRd_2016

Aerial flyover photos from 2016, provided by the County’s Office of Land Use and Development Services,
emphasize the continuing changes that occur due to construction.
On the left, is Rock Springs power plant at the intersection of Rock Springs Rd. and Old Mill Rd. in Conowingo.
On the right, is Charlestown Crossing residential subdivision.
Both of these areas (and many others) will look very different in the 2019 aerial photos.

ELKTON, MD. – On November 15, 2018, Cecil County staff succeeded in obtaining $362,000 in grant funds from the Emergency Number Systems Board (ENSB). The funds will be used to capture updated high resolution aerial imagery for the entire eastern shore of Maryland. 

Cecil County and State Department of Information Technology staff will manage the project and work with staff from fellow Eastern Shore counties (Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester) to ensure the project’s overall success and delivery of the data to each County’s 911 PSAP (public safety answering point). The new imagery will supplant the existing 2016 imagery used in the PSAPs’ GIS mapping systems.

“High resolution aerial imagery is a critical asset,” said Paula Robinson, Assistant Chief of Communications for Cecil County’s Department of Emergency Services. “It is used to accurately locate incoming 911 calls, identify new building footprints, and serves as the base layer for all our mapping needs.”

The new imagery will be leaf-off, natural color, and have six inch pixel resolution. The project schedule calls for planes to be in the air in late February/early March 2019, and final deliverables shall be provided to all nine eastern shore counties by November 2019. 

“This project is part of our commitment to meet the mapping needs of the PSAP by providing the highest quality aerial imagery in the most cost effective and efficient manner,” said David Black, Cecil County’s Geographic Information Systems Coordinator. “The flyover is a fiscally prudent way to make use of cutting edge technologies to reduce costs on a regional level.”


Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government

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