Surveyor’s Journal Entry Twenty-Five
Surveying and Land Record Keeping Duties of Today’s County Engineer
Today, the Franklin County Engineer’s Surveying Department performs a variety of surveys to meet the continuing development and infrastructure needs of the county. Use of a countywide network of horizontal and vertical control monuments and the satellite Global Position System (GPS) enables the most accurate surveys necessary for the design of construction projects and the definition of road centerlines, property limits, and county, municipal and township boundaries.
The Tax Map Office maintains the County Auditor’s Geographic Information System (GIS) property base map and other information, such as road records, historical maps, annexation plats, and city ordinances. They also provide all of the information for the production of the Franklin County Highway Map and Atlas; assign addresses in unincorporated areas; answer annexation questions pertaining to past cases, and assist with the creation and approval of future plats and descriptions; review deed descriptions and survey plats for the transfer and recording of real estate deeds at the county courthouse; and locate new streets which are not yet shown on the county map.
The Records Management Office is a centralized area that stores and maintains the official records for the departments of the Franklin County Engineer’s Office. Stored information includes bridge and highway construction plans; survey field books; subdivision plats; historical highway and property maps; drainage plans; construction reports; right-of-way acquisition documents; and aerial photographs of the county from 1938, 1987, 1989 and 2000. Reproduction services for many of these items are available.
The spirits of early surveyors Rufus Putnam, Lucas Sullivant, James Kilbourne and Joseph Vance are alive and well in the work of today’s Franklin County Engineer’s Surveying Department.