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Vastwood Splash Pad; design completed

The Hancock County Fiscal Court met on Monday evening, November 27th, and Judge-Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said the design for the spray park/splash pad at Vastwood Park has been completed.

As the Hancock Clarion has reported, through the GRADD partnership with the county, $200K was secured last year from the Land & Water Conservation Fund to construct a spray park at Vastwood. In addition, Domtar had generously agreed to donate $10K toward the project.

“They’ve separated the bathroom facility separate from the splash pad itself,” Roberts said. “The splash pad is finished. They’re waiting on some electrical engineering narrative to finish up the plans for that and then we’ll get that bid out. We didn’t want to put them together because we can do it cheaper locally so they separated those out. Anybody can bid on it but I think we can get it done locally.”

“It’s taken several months for them to work on that design and get it ready so, hopefully, we will be able to go out to bid at the beginning of the year,” Sage Young, Executive Assistant & Fiscal Court Clerk said.

The splash pad will be located between the parking lot in front of the beach house and the tennis court, just south of the lake. The equipment room/bathroom is going to be one small building and will be located a little closer to the tennis court.

Pictometry Imagery

The court approved a 6-year term for the Pictometry software that is used by many departments in the county, such as dispatch, for aerial surveying which shows the fronts and sides of buildings and locations on the ground through an oblique georeferenced imagery technique.


Photos can be captured by low-flying airplanes, depicting up to 12 perspectives, shot from a 40 degree angle as well as an overhead view of every location flown. The special software and algorithms accurately determine objects’ size and position on maps, and measurements can be made directly for: area, distance, height, elevation, pitch, bearing and more. Federal, state and local governments use it for emergency response, planning & development and assessment.

“We allocate $12K a year for the program Karen (Robertson, HC Property Valuation Administrator) uses to do assessments and Sage uses it for several different things, as well as some of the other folks here in the county. That price has gone up a little over $3K, just like everything else,” Roberts said.

“It’s going to be $15,066 per year for six years,” Young said, “but that includes 2 flyovers, and there will be new images of the county that will be a lot clearer and better resolution.

Using the overhead pictures, depending on what grant or project we’re working on, I can start from point A to point B on a road and get the exact measurements. Let’s say, if I’m applying for some blacktop money from the state, things like that, it gives me accurate measurements for different grants we’re working on. It also shows the topography.

Sample only – road measurement

It basically just depends on what you’re trying to use it for. There are different tools on the program that are available to use, depending on what the need is. A lot of times one of us may go in and find the information using the program and then give it to the other departments.”

Extension Office Appointment

Roberts announced that Julie Newton, Coordinator for Audubon Area Community Services & Director of the Hancock County Thrift Store & Food Pantry, has agreed to serve in the volunteer extension office position. At the previous meeting David Winchell was appointed to this position but since then there was a conflict with his schedule causing him to have to reconsider.

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