A contractor for the county will be conducting an aerial photographic survey here before trees begin leafing out.
The Board of County Commissioners has approved a proposal to conduct the aerial survey, called an oblique/orthogonal aerial imaging.
The imaging will include municipalities.
The commissioners reviewed three bids before awarding the contract to the low bidder, Pictometry International Corporation, a firm headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., that has offices in Denver. The low bid was $184,451.
County administrator Robbie LeValley said the low bid by Pictometry was the only one meeting all of the criteria for the work. She said the same company has worked with Mesa and Montrose counties on aerial surveys "so all of the lines will match up."
The bid came in within budget for the project, LeValley said.
LeValley explained to the DCI that results from the survey will be made available to the public via the county's GIS website sometime later in the year. That will take place hopefully in the fall, she said, after new GIS personnel come on board.
Images and data from the aerial survey are used for various purposes, including detecting private construction activity that has occurred without the knowledge of property tax assessors.
Sometimes buildings are constructed or placed in locations behind locked gates or in remote areas where assessor's office staff can't get access to evaluate them for tax purposes, the DCI was told.
The assessor's office notes there is "a lot of misunderstanding" about the laws and rules for property taxation. The office advises that anyone with questions call for information.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.