Jay to spend $850 to buy image technology for property mapping project

JAY – On Monday, the electorate voted to purchase a multi-resolution seamless image program to create a complete mosaic map of the city for $ 850.

The council voted in January for a contract to purchase 6-inch high-resolution images for a city mapping project in the city under the Maine Orthoimagery Program. The $ 10,000 value was approved to be taken from the city’s allotment under the U.S. Rescue Plan Act.

Public and digital mapping consultants have recommended the city also purchase an additional program to create an entire map from individual tiles, said city manager Shiloh LaFrenier.

“It’s a seamless art product that avoids the need to pull up individual tiles when working on projects,” she said.

Franklin County Commissioners voted Jan. 4 to receive 18-inch aerial photographs of the high-resolution county for $ 40,382 as part of a nationwide art program. Because the county agreed to participate in the project, municipalities were allowed to buy images in a closer division for substantial savings.

The county overpass will be done this spring. The county also pays for the project with federal money.

In another case, the council voted to adopt a 38-article warrant for the city council’s annual referendum. Voting will take place from 8.00 to 20.00 on April 26 in the gym of the Yale Mountains High School.

They also signed a notice to hold a public hearing on the proposed budget of $ 5.5 million at 6pm on March 14 at the Yale Mountains Primary School gym.

In another case, Tina Meserv, ReEnergy Energy’s commercial solar consultant owned by employees, made a presentation on public solar projects. She considered the cost of necessary loans to pay for clean energy and the cost of net loans to pay for energy and how it works, among other aspects of the solar billing formula.

Selectpersons requested a presentation and will have another one from another company at another meeting.

Meserv, a former head of the school, said she is working to educate school departments and municipalities about public solar projects.

The company has been building and assembling solar panels for about 20 years. It started with two people in a garage in Liberty and grew to about 300 employees. ReVision Energy oversees the project for a period of about 20 years.

She’s “really committed to improving the environment,” she said.

The Southern Farm in Livermore Falls has a solar panel. Among the groups that signed up for it were Regional School Unit 73 in Jay / Livermore and RSU 9 in Farmington.

Jay’s current annual electricity cost is $ 78,000, Meserv said. According to Meserve provided to the board, the city could save about $ 229,739 on electricity for a 20-year contract.

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