Another tool — one that allows for high-resolution images of buildings in the county — was approved by the Lycoming County Commissioners at their recent meeting.
Introduced as being primarily used by the Assessment Department, pictometry shows structures at an oblique angle or a 45-degree angle from all sides, according to Brooke Wright, the county’s chief assessor.
The pictometry provides for an “important perspective and overhead shot image that’s accurate to 1/100 of an inch,” Wright told the commissioners.
“This technology also has what’s called a change finder, which will take our sketches of houses and overlay them with the 3-D aerials from pictometry,” she said.
“That’s going to help to determine if there’s a section missing from a house or where we’re missing a structure. We do run into situations where people will build things onto their house without getting permits and everything or we don’t get permits from zoning officers,” she added.
She noted that data collectors from her department can also work from the program when they can’t be out in the field.
The flyovers will be done every two years, with the first beginning in the spring when there are fewer leaves on the trees.
The technology will be purchased from Pictometry International Corp. at a cost to the county of $688,251 which will be spread over six years beginning in 2022 and running through 2027.
Other county departments will also be able to use the technology, Wright said.
“The sheriff’s office can use it when they are serving warrants. It’s going to allow them to see a 3-D visual of the house,” Wright said, adding that it could also be used by adult and juvenile probation, public safety and the planning and community development departments.
The program will account for privacy. Because of the sensitivity of the images of people’s homes, it will not be available to the public, Wright said.
In other actions, the commissioners approved a Keystone Communities Program Grant agreement with the Department of Community and Economic Development for the Timber Run Industrial Park project in the amount of $500,000.
The grant will go towards the cost of getting potable water to the Digger Specialties building project at the site. Total cost of the water line project is $825,000.
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