|County Starts Making Its Own Plat Books
Friday, November 21, 2008, C-T
Through the county’s geographic information system (GIS), Livingston County is now able to publish its own county plat books which detail property ownership in the county. The system is implemented through Livingston County Assessor Steve Ripley’s office and the books are assembled through County Clerk Kelly Christopher’s office. The process allows the books to be updated more frequently. Here, Deputy County Clerk Brandy Wedlock (seated at center) demonstrates the book assembly process. Seated at left is Clerk Kelly Christopher and at right, Assessor Steve Ripley. Standing, from left: East District Commissioner Ken Lauhoff and Presiding Commissioner Eva Danner. The books are now available for purchase in bound form for $30 and in digital format for $10. The last plat books were printed in 2003.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
Livingston County is now publishing its own plat books — a collection of maps detailing property ownership in the county.
Up until now, the local plat books were printed through private publishers which encouraged large quantity publishing in order to get lower prices. “We had to buy in large quantities to get a good price on the books,” said Livingston County Presiding Commissioner Eva Danner. The result was that the books would be several years old before new ones were ordered. The last plat books were printed in 2003.
Now, however, through the county’s Geographic Information System (GIS) implemented through Livingston County Assessor Steve Ripley’s office, the county is able to publish its own books. The information is obtained through the assessor’s office and then the books are assembled in the clerk’s office. “This is a cost effective way to have the books and keep them updated,” Danner said.
The plat books will also be available in portable document format (PDF) on compact discs.
The books and CDs are available for purchase in the county clerk’s office on the second floor of the courthouse. The books sell for $30 and the CDs for $10.