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Peru City Council agrees to buy software and technology for the city engineer

Posted by wlpo on November 14, 2013

          Only since August has Peru had an in-house engineer.  Three months into the job, Sean Mikos is asking for computer software and equipment that would allow him to make maps and more efficiently keep track of the city’s utilities.

          The technology includes geographic infrastructure system software, an autocad program, and an $18,000 rover and data collector.

          Before giving him approval for the purchase that would total close to $35,000 Wednesday night, Alderman Dave Potthoff wanted to know how all that would save the city money.

          Mikos says it would save time because instead of searching through a stack of hand-drawn maps he could look up a specific area on the computer and have the information. 

          Mikos says he talked with city engineers in Streator and Ottawa, towns that have also starting using similar programs.

          The city council agrees the software would make the job more efficient and allow them to do things in-house that they couldn’t do before.

          It will be at least a month before he would have the software.

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