Riverside, IL has earned the moniker “Village in the Forest” thanks to
its planned design along the Des Plaines River with curvilinear streets,
expansive parkways, and forested areas. The beautiful landscape that
is Riverside does require maintenance, specifically tree trimming, in
order to maintain tree ...
GIS aiding transportation planningSunday, November 10, 2013
Being that Riverside, IL is located in the Chicago Metropolitan area
there are many modes of transit available to the general population in
addition to the traditional ones such as bike and bus routes. The
Geographic Information System (GIS) staff has consolidated transit
information to ...
Private flood mitigationSunday, November 10, 2013
To continue efforts to understand and help manage flooding in The
Village of Riverside the history of permits for flood mitigation devices
for residential properties were extracted from The Village’s permitting
system. Using the Geographic Information System (GIS) the locations of
the private property mitigation ...
Dam Removal SupportSunday, November 10, 2013
The Village of Riverside has been coordinating with the Army Corps of
Engineers (ACE) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
since the summer of 2010 to plan removal of the Hofmann and Fairbank
Dams along the Des Plaines River in Riverside. The Village has ...
Tracking open burn permits using GISSunday, November 10, 2013
The Village of Riverside often performs landscape burns along the Des
Plaines River which winds along and through its incorporated area. The
Village Forester is required by law to obtain an open burn permit to
perform such activities and recently took advantage of their Geographic ...
Tracking Hydrant Flows in GISSunday, November 10, 2013
The Riverside Fire Department has been working with its Geographic
Information System (GIS) staff to produce updated fire hydrant flow maps
due considerably to a significant water system improvement project
conducted in 2010. The new configuration of infrastructure was updated
in the GIS along with ...
GIS and your local Farmer's MarketSunday, November 10, 2013
The Riverside Farmers Market is a weekly service The Village of Riverside, IL organizes for its residents. Held
every Wednesday from 2:30 – 7:00 PM during the summer and fall in 2011,
The Market has had many vendors and community groups participate
throughout the season. ...
Managing Tree Plantings with GISSunday, November 10, 2013
To provide a reference for village staff and contractors alike, the
Riverside Geographic Information System (GIS) has provided maps of tree
planting locations. By mapping this information staff can evaluate the
work conducted by the contractor and inspect the condition of the trees
going forward. ...
Tracking sex offender locationsSunday, November 10, 2013
To promote public safety and awareness in the community the Village of
Riverside, IL Police Department is making available a sex offender map
on the web. Because it is a densely populated area the information is
gathered not only for Riverside, but surrounding communities as ...
Residential Drainage StudiesSunday, November 10, 2013
Besides the flood issues introduced because of the proximity to the Des
Plaines River through and along the Village of Riverside’s Western and
Southern boundaries, some reoccurring residential drainage issues have
been identified. The Village has contracted to have drainage studies
performed in these areas ...
Tracking easment value in GISSunday, November 10, 2013
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) develops accounting
standards for state and local government agencies. The financial reports
that are generated are used by the public, including issuers and
auditors to assess the financial status of the reporting agencies. One
aspect of the accounting process ...
Volunteer landscape maintenanceSaturday, November 09, 2013
One of the unique features of Riversidelinois is the design of the
community centered around forestry as envisioned by Frederick Law
Olmsted. Riverside is one of the first planned communities and has been a
National Historic Landmark since 1970 due to the historic architecture,
Supporting commuter rail using GISSaturday, November 09, 2013
Riversidelinois has the benefit of being centered on a commuter train
stop that serves areas west of the city of Chicago. Accompanied by
dense development in the city center, a high demand for parking
facilities is present. The village has chosen to utilize it’s Geographic
Maintaining sewer inlets using GISSaturday, November 09, 2013
Usually unseasonably warm temperatures are welcome during the winter
months in the Chicago area. But a forecast including above freezing
temperatures was met with some concern due to the historical snowfall
event that took place just two weeks prior. Riverside Public Works
personnel were aware ...
Snow plow routing using GISSaturday, November 09, 2013
In order to determine the effectiveness of their current snow removal
strategy Riverside Public Works mapped their snow removal routes. Doing
so provided a map of the priority streets, parking lots, and sidewalks
as well as lengths of roadway included in each ...
Mapping no planting zones in GISSaturday, November 09, 2013
Riverside forestry management includes a tree inventory, tree
management, and a tree planting program. The village’s GIS (Geographic
Information System) supports all of these efforts as a medium for
displaying and analyzing that information. The village forester
identified an additional management strategy that is of ...
Teaming up with community groups to track bench conditionSaturday, November 09, 2013
Recently the Riverside Public Works Department was assisted by a
Scout project to repair dilapidated benches throughout the village. With
the blessing of the Public Works Director resident Ben Cox located and
assessed all of the benches within the village. The data collected was
GIS in support of historical commissionsSaturday, November 09, 2013
Recently the Riverside Historical Commission became aware that the
Village’s GIS program could provide them assistance gaining property
history information, particularly property images. Part of the Cook
County Assessor’s workflow includes capturing an image of the front of
every property in its database. Those images ...
Tracking drainage issues using GISSaturday, November 09, 2013
Rear yard drainage is a notable topic in Riverside these days as the
village is preparing to have some drainage studies performed. The
village has been using its GIS (Geographic Information System) program
to track drainage complaints over the past two years to realize where, ...
Village collects LiDAR dataSaturday, November 09, 2013
An annual process for the Riverside GIS (Geographic Information
System) program is to obtain parcel data and ownership information from
the county as they are the custodians of that data. As a part of the
2010 data exchange the village was provided LiDAR (Light Detection ...
Improving pedestrian safety with GISSaturday, November 09, 2013
The village of Riverside GIS (Geographic Information System) program
mapped crosswalk locations in an area of town due to an event that
occurred near a school. As a result of initiating this data creation,
the remaining village crosswalks and some additional roadway striping
information were ...
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