Eatonville council tables ordinance to sign GIS consortium

Two out of three ain’t bad.

The Eatonville Town Council passed two ordinances on its March 28 agenda and tabled one until the next regular council meeting on April 11.

The tabled ordinance would authorize Eatonville to execute a one-year, $3,000 membership agreement with the Association of Washington Cities GIS Consortium Program, which provides comprehensive graphic information system and data services for communities throughout Washington state.

Councilmembers Bill Dunn and Robert Thomas questioned how joining this consortium would benefit the town beyond those GIS services already provide by Pierce County.

“The GIS Consortium has a host of GIS experts that can provide services that a lot of cities don’t have,” Town Administrator Seth Boettcher said. “So, they’ve found a lot of cities have joined this consortium to make use of these technical people.”

More information will be provided at the next regular meeting of the Eatonville Town Council, with the ordinance presumably to be voted on at that time.

The two ordinances passed by the council in workmanlike fashion included an agreement authorizing a membership agreement between Eatonville and the Lynwood, Washington-based National Testing Network for pre-employment testing services of public service agencies like fire and law enforcement, among others. The one-year contract is $500 for each job classification.

The council also passed an ordinance authorizing Eatonville to enter into a one-year lease agreement with the Eatonville Family Agency, which provides services and programs for community members in need, for use of the Eatonville Community Center, at a cost of $1.



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