Message from the President – November 2013

Thank you for being a continued member of our organization, we appreciate your support! I thought I would send this quick update on some of our recent activities.

Fall Regional Meeting

It was great to see folks turn out in large numbers for our regional meeting in Eau Claire. The results from the survey show that the following topics were ranked as excellent: Enhanced Broadband Mapping Project by Howard Veregin, Jim Lacy and Codie See from the SCO, World Café Method, Putting Conversations to Work moderated by Trish Nau from ECWRPC, The Development, Application and Hurdles of Unmanned Aerial Systems – Travis LeMoine, Seiler Instrument, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! – Tarek Ghazi, Transcendent Tech, LLC, Placemaking in West Central Wisconsin – Jay Tappen and ArcGIS Online in Local Governments – Tyler Prahl, ESRI.

The silent auction from the annual conference was a great success, WLIA awarded (4) $1,000.00 scholarships this year. Your donations really make a difference!!

The recipients were:
Steve Oxley UW-La Crosse
Ashley Vedvig UW-Whitewater
Morgan Ripp UW-Madison
Chloe Quinn UW-Madison

We look forward to seeing everyone again soon at the annual conference in Middleton!

DOA Update

In case you missed the last Regional meeting, I asked Mike Friis to send us an update on what DOA has been working on recently. By the looks of the report he sent, his office has been working very hard for the Wisconsin Land Information Program.

2014 Grant Applications

2014 grant application has been released
Increase in Training and Education Grant eligibility from maximum of $300 to a minimum of $1,000 for every county.
Prorated base budget grants formula: ($100k – ROD document recording fees @ $8 per document recorded) * 54%
In 2015, we expect Base Budget grants to reach the $100k threshold and not be prorated, so that all counties have will have a $100k min. level of funding.
WLIP Timeline One Year Out – Items that directly involve WLIP and a timeline we have confidence in.
September 2013 – 2014 Grant application release date with an increase in $0.5 mil for BB grant funding above 2013 grants
November 2013 – WLIP Report released that will include GIS Inventory county survey results, an analysis of county retained fee and grant spending, and other pertinent information to the WLIP and the Act 20 parcel map initiative.
June 2014 – Enhanced Broadband Mapping Project completed. Collaboration between PSC, WLIP, UW-SCO, and counties that will add address information to state broadband map.
July 2014 – 2014 grant payments to be made.
September 2014 – Enhanced Broadband Mapping Project final report completed – will provide documentation status of county parcel datasets, case study of parcel and address point dataset collection, and further useful information for the initiative to create a statewide digital parcel map, such as formatting and integration issues.
October 2014 – 2015 Grant application released that will expect to raise BB grant levels to the $100k level
Enhanced Broadband Mapping (EBM) Project and Act 20

The enhanced broadband mapping project will complement, not duplicate, the Act 20 parcel mapping initiative.

Whereas the broadband mapping project will compile existing local parcel and address point data into one-time static statewide GIS layers in order to increase broadband mapping accuracy, Act 20 will improve local source GIS data and focus on a much broader array of state, local, and private sector business needs.

The broadband mapping project is much more limited in scope, time, and funding available.

County eligibility for grants related to Act 20’s initiative to create a statewide digital parcel map will be determined by the DOA separately from this broadband mapping project.

Lessons will be learned from the EBM project, and processes and policies will be adapted to facilitate the Act 20 initiative.

Timeline for Statewide Digital Parcel Map Implementation Plan

We are currently discussing the scope of the process to develop an implementation plan and looking to define roles and responsibilities within DOA and the possible need for contracted assistance from outside of DOA. We are working within DOA to establish what infrastructure exists or that is needed as part of fulfilling the deliverables of Act 20.

Goal Dates Tentative
January 2015– GOAL date to establish an unimproved statewide parcel layer by aggregating existing county datasets. Building a draft state parcel map will inform the implementation planning process in defining the end project envisioned for a five-year process of statewide parcel map development.
June 2015: Creation of a standard for county digital parcel datasets that meets stakeholders’ business needs and maximizes benefits to the public, determined through a participatory process with stakeholders
June 2015: DOA-provided searchable format for the following information related to individual land parcels to be posted online:
1. Property tax assessment data, as provided to the county by municipalities, including the assessed value of land, the assessed value of improvements, the total assessed value, the class of property, as specified in s. 70.32(2)(a), the estimated fair market value, and the total property tax

2. Any zoning information maintained by the county

3. Any property address information maintained by the county

4. Any acreage information maintained by the county
June 2015: Determination of grant eligibility criteria for strategic grants to local governments for local source data development related to the statewide digital parcel map initiative
Strategic/Contribution-Based Grants

Would not happen until 2015, because increase in state revenue needed to fund grants beyond Training & Education and Base Budget grants will not start to be collected until Jan 1, 2015.

In order to determine grant eligibility for any sort of strategic grants associated with the parcel map initiative, a standard for county parcel datasets needs to be created and individual county parcel datasets will need to be analyzed. The idea is that strategic grants would help counties attain the standard.

Grant eligibility criteria would likely not be determined before June 2015.

Communications Committee

We are continuing to work on a new prototype Web site for WLIA. This is a complete overhaul: new look and feel, organization, and the tools used behind the scenes. Our plan is to unveil the new site around the time of the annual conference in February. If you would like to provide input on any features or functions you would like to see, contact Communications Committee Chair Jim Lacy at . In addition, WLIA is putting the final touches on an all-new logo for the organization. We recently ran a “contest” on the site, and got some amazing results. Stay tuned for more information.

Education Committee

Barb Gibson has stepped down as Education Chair but will be still helping with the education committee in the future.

Legislative Committee

The legislative committee is reviewing bill 13-2048, which if passed will update the statutes governing the land surveying profession in Wisconsin. If you have any questions about this, please contact Jon Schwichtenberg,

Technical Committee

Implemented a “Startmeeting” site to use for all board/committee meetings and future demonstrations/presentations. This has features that allows for audio conferencing, screen sharing (integrated audio phone/VoIP), cloud based presentations/drop box with the ability to record meetings. It is available on the desktop or mobile devices through the app store or Google play.
Reviewing the 2013 WLIP report published by DOA/SCO.
Monitoring other statewide initiatives to report on at the annual conference: Foundational elements plan, statewide digital parcel map, enhanced broadband mapping project and GIO geoportal/state repository.

Membership Committee

Our membership has continued to grow over the last few years to 827 members. It is good to see us adding new members and WLIA reaching out to a larger diverse audience.

I want to remind everyone about the group membership option. Group memberships are open to all counties, cities, village, towns, state & federal agencies, non-profit agencies, and for profit businesses. For $150 all employees of one of the eligible groups can become members. If you have yet to sign up for the group membership, please do so when you renew your membership.

As a membership benefit, WLIA will be rolling out a custom online training portal before the end of the year. Members will get 60% discount on the already affordable course prices through the end of the year. More information will follow in the coming months, and at the Annual Conference in February.

If anyone has any comments or ideas on how WLIA can better serve their membership please contact Andy Faust, Membership Chair, .

Annual Conference

We need more proposals for presentations!!! Submit your ideas now on the WLIA Web site!
Save the date for the Annual Conference – February 12-14, 2014
Excellent set of workshops.
Topics include
Intro to Python
Open Source GIS (qGIS)
Mobile Development
GPS data collection
Web mapping using Leaflet
Parcel Fabric
New addition to the Annual Conference is a 2 day instructor led ESRI course
Introduction to Geoprocessing Scripts Using Python
Significant discount to WLIA members!
Conference program coming together nicely.
There will be a strong unmanned aerial systems (UAS) track this year
More details to come soon!

Once again I want to personally thank you for your membership and involvement in WLIA!

Best wishes,

Scott M. Galetka
President, Wisconsin Land Information Association

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