New county map with web features closer to reality
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
The creation of a new county map that includes a web services-based, online mapping system inched forward another step during the Nov. 10 meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court. After hearing a presentation from Johnny Brown, a representative of Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center in Nacogdoches, the commissioners voted unani-mously to cover up to 70 percent of the cost with 9-11 grant funds received through DETCOG. The balance of the cost would be covered by the county’s tourism and development budget. Brown told commissioners that about $10,000 will cover the first year of development, then another $1,800 per year for maintaining the system. Brown said the map’s GPS coordinates can be used by schools in teaching history and for promoting tourism in the area. He suggested it might even help identify lakes in the area that are good for fishing. Marty Cash of the Houston County Historical Commission was also present. She showed colorful samples of maps that have been printed for other counties. Cash said photos of places of interest will be used on the new Houston County map. Cash explained after the meeting that promoting tourism is a very important function of the new map.