City wins project of the year
By Tim Linscott, Managing Editor
Always striving to be ahead of the game, the City of Grant Administrator Dana Harris, city employees, the mayor and council received a prestigious honor on June 18 at the annual membership meeting of the West Central Nebraska Development District, held this year in Paxton.
Harris accepted the award on behalf of the municipality.
The City of Grant received the ‘Project of the Year’ award for the local utilities mapping project.
The project maps things vital to local utilities, from water mains, fire hydrants and curb stops to waterlines and even sprinkler heads at the City Park. The information is stored in a database using a handheld Geographic Information System (GIS) locator.
“Anything you want to locate, this project can do,” Harris said. “It is a way to organize these items instead of hand writing them down or relying on someone to remember certain items.”
A map is not necessary as the device can be used to go to a specific water main to shut water off, as an example, according to Harris. The database not only includes location of things like water mains, but also the size of water lines running to the mains.
The city has been working with West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD) on the project for the last two years. Grant was one of the first communities to use the system and Karl Elmshaeuser of WCNDD explained the community was a great example of what fully can be done with the project.
Ogallala is among some of the other communities also doing a similar project.
“I think we won because we’ve done so much more than any other community up to this point,” Harris said.
The project has helped the utility departments and Harris was thrilled with Grant winning the award.
“It is nice to be recognized for a project that is useful and has real value to the day to day operations to the city,” Harris said.