Marshall County Getting New Map Technology

Next month, safety personnel throughout Marshall County will have better access to area maps.

Last week, Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart requested a new map printer for the county 911 center and emergency management office from county commissioners. The commission approved the request.

“This will produce large-scale colored maps, which currently Ohio County EMA does for us because we don’t have the equipment to do so,” Hart said. “The main purpose is in regards to general emergency and evacuation planning. The purchase was included in our current budget for this year and we got quotes from three companies. A couple of them did not meet our specifications.”

Hart said the machine, for which commissioners granted $8,145 to the department for purchase from Document Solutions, will be ordered by next week and should be delivered by the end of January.

“We’re getting a piece of equipment that will allow us to print large-scale topographical maps for searches and for 911 mapping,” Hart said. “It will be housed by us and 911 in the mapping room, but it will be available to law enforcement for search and rescue, as well as all public safety employees. It will also allow us to print out maps of gas wells and other sites.”

County commissioners did not meet Tuesday due to the Christmas holiday and will hold their next meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 3.