Anyone who has tried to determine his property lines in Wrangell knows that a survey can unearth a wealth of inaccuracies. The City Council voted June 11 to map the city, a project that will cost about $115,000.
Decades of inaccuracies have left garages straddling property boundaries, and houses encroaching on neighboring lots.
The maps also will help the Planning and Zoning Commission create a comprehensive plan.
In late July a plane equipped with cameras and GPS will fly predetermined paths over Wrangell south to McCormack's Creek, excluding the Wrangell East subdivision.
The cameras will record buildings, power lines and sewer manhole covers.
The maps will be tied into a computer database from which users can learn the history of the property, including its assessed value, taxes, former owners and easements.
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