Crow Wing County for updated aerial photos

On Tuesday, May 11, county commissioners unanimously approved two three-year contracts with EagleView, a company providing aerial imagery as well as geospatial software and analysis. EagleView will conduct two county-wide flyovers over a six-year period, providing both orthomosaic and oblique imagery. Orthomosaic means photographs are taken directly over an area, while oblique means photos are captured at 45 degree angles from north, south, east and west. .

“So if I’m building a pole barn, don’t get a permit, then you go out and I try to say, ‘No, I’ve had it there for a long time,’ all you have to do is stop the photos and prove me wrong? Commissioner Paul Koering interviewed Director of Land Services Gary Griffin during the meeting.

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Griffin confirmed Koering’s example, noting that they can settle disputes between neighbors, show how shoreline vegetation has changed over time, or determine how many acres cover a wetland.

“It’s a huge tool,” Griffin said. “We have a catalog since 2010 of historical photos that help us if we find ourselves in these situations.”

Beyond uses for appraising property values ​​and for researching and enforcing land use or other ordinance violations, aerial photography is used by several county departments, Griffin said. This includes the highways department when planning and evaluating highway projects and the sheriff’s office, which uses the photos for a variety of calls, according to Sheriff Scott Goddard.

“We use it with search warrants, so that we can identify buildings, we can identify windows and doors on certain sides of residences, as well as for searches,” Goddard told the board. “Let’s say if we have a lost child or something and we’re looking for an area of ​​swamp or an area that we’re going to have a hard time walking through. … Mapping is an integral part of what we do. “

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The cost of the two contracts is $ 305,700. This sum is paid annually at the rate of $ 50,955 each year from the unallocated land fund, which corresponds to the income generated by the registration of land documents.

This is an increase of $ 3,600 per year from the previous three-year contract, Griffin noted, covering an improvement in image resolution. The City of Baxter covers the additional costs for even higher resolution within the city limits. It’s also a boon for county officials, Griffin said, as they complete the work assessment and monitor Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act compliance at Baxter.

Overflights for aerial photography are scheduled six to eight months in advance to ensure compliance with Camp Ripley regulations.

In other areas, the county council:

Community services authorized to apply for a Community Impact Funds grant from Sourcewell to continue the work of the Intensive Collaborative Transition Services Program, currently funded by a state grant for systems of care. If awarded, grant funds would be used to expand the program’s work throughout Region Five. The program “focuses on empowering parents by providing intensive mental health services to youth ages 8 to 17 at home and in the community, teaching coping skills, creating supports and limiting time. spent out of the home for placement or (eliminating) the need to exit. home placement and more restrictive services, ”said a council request for action.

Authorized the sheriff’s office enter into grant agreements with the State of Minnesota to fund aquatic patrols. A grant of $ 19,500 provides additional funding for extra hours of boating safety patrol during times of high traffic. The other grant provides for $ 47,863 for the purchase of equipment. The federal government is the source of funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Approved hires the following individuals: Michael Kleineck, Correctional Officer, Prison; Maggie Wassen, Senior Administrative Specialist, Community Services; Masen Barton, correctional officer, prison; John Veugeler, correctional officer, prison; and Christopher Saicoe, correctional officer, prison.

Accepted departures Rachel Deck, Correctional Officer, Prison, and Eric Stangler, Patrol Assistant, Sheriff’s Office. The board also approved the replacement staffing for these positions.

CHELSEY PERKINS can be reached at 218-855-5874 or [email protected]. Follow on Twitter at

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