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Amanda Lefley
East St. Paul has three of its interactive GIS maps up and running on their website. The RM plans to complete the project within the next six months.

East St. Paul has three of its interactive GIS maps up and running on their website. The RM plans to complete the project within the next six months.

An interactive map that is meant to make it more user-friendly for the residents of the RM of East St. Paul to access municipal information is nearing completion after over two-years of hard work.

The GIS map is a virtual way to get municipal information, such as garbage routes, points of interest, property lines, assessments, overall land use plans, trails, truck routes, ward information and zoning.

Justin Synchena, information technology and communications coordinator with the RM, says to his knowledge East St. Paul and the City of Brandon are the only two in the province to have full public access to such data through a GIS map.

He also explained that currently there are PDFs on East St. Paul's website with the information the GIS map has however, the map is a more user-friendly and more interactive way to find the data.

"We have more printable copes, PDFs of our maps, on our website but those aren't that user-friendly to find what you're looking for. It's always a lot more useful for the residents to zoom in straight to their exact house and see everything that relates to their property," said Synchena.

An example of how the GIS map works is, under the recreation map it shows different parks, you can click on them and it tells you what is in each park. Under the garbage routes map it shows the different streets that are included in the different garbage days.

The RM does have some aspects of the GIS map online now at eaststpaul.com and Synchena said the full map will be up and running within the next six months.


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