WASHINGTON, D.C.– Eight communities within Sandusky County will receive $135,000 in new resources for the development of geographic information systems (GIS) which will allow for faster response times for fire, EMS, and public safety personnel during emergencies and disasters. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a grant to the WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc, in Fremont to develop the new GIS system. In addition to allowing faster response times for fire, EMS, and public safety personnel during emergencies and disasters, the grant will also increase the efficiency of their water and wastewater operations.
“Ohio’s rural communities and small towns face a heavy burden when financing infrastructure projects,” Brown said. “This improvement project will help keep local citizens safe by allowing faster responding times for local fire, EMS, and public safety personnel in Sandusky County.”
The Utility Asset GIS improvements project will provide technical expertise, labor, and equipment to conduct Global Positioning System (GPS) data collection of all above ground utility assets and digitize below ground assets to create GIS coverage for use by utility managers, economic developers, emergency management, and law enforcement. In addition to the ARC’s $135,000 in funds, local sources will provide $136,622 in matching resources, bringing the total project funding to $271,622. The participating municipalities will use project funds to purchase equipment in accordance with their needs.