NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The North Salem Town Board last week approved an agreement with a technology company to create an online geographic information system, or GIS, a mapping platform for the public.
According to the contract, the town will pay CAI Technologies, a New Hampshire company, $2,400 for the work, plus a one-time $1,000 fee to reconfigure the data.
CAI works with governments on parcel data development, allowing the town and the public to have easily searchable data online and on mobile devices.
The company uses the town’s existing data and transforms it into a computer-assisted mass appraisal system.
Karen Futia, North Salem assessor, said she’s hoping a link to the GIS platform will be live on the town website in about two to three months.
The GIS will work similarly to the one available through Westchester County but will have more information specific to North Salem.
For example, Futia said, the county’s website is only updated once a year; North Salem’s will be updated whenever there are property sales or building permits issued.
With the technology, Futia will be able to see trends in home sales and construction.
Also, it will be easier for developers to notice homeowners about variance hearings.
The online service will also benefit to Realtors who won’t need to travel to North Salem to get a detailed view of the landscape.
A search function on the site will allow people to find parcels by owner name, address or parcel identifier and add layers to the map for such things as water systems.
Currently, if a developer or builder wants to do this, they have to come to the town’s building office and request the information, Futia said.
“You won’t need to come to North Salem; you can see a lot of that information online,” Futia said.
The platform allows users to select an area and then create mailing labels or export to an Excel file, saving time for the town assessor’s staff.
“There’s a bunch of really cool things you can do with it,” Futia said.
North Salem began working with CAI Technologies in 2013 to process the data but waited until after the reassessment last year to put the information live online.
Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein said it will make life easier for the town departments and keep records up to date.
“It’s to make information readily accessible to the town,” Kamenstein said. “It’s just a cool piece of technology.”