The Village of Winnetka, IL hosts numerous special events throughout
the year, including a fireworks display during the Fourth of July
holiday weekend. These types of events require the involvement and
coordination of several village departments, including Public Works and
the Police Department, and, often, ...
GIS providing information to elected officialsSunday, November 10, 2013
Most local governments have a council of elected community residents
that help manage and vote on the policies that govern how the community
operates. For the Village of Winnetka, as with any government, there is
regular turnover in who is elected to sit on the ...
Creating a safer community - targeting high accident locations in GISSunday, November 10, 2013
Responding to incidents involving motor vehicle accidents is a
fundamental duty of all local government law enforcement agencies.
Understanding which areas of a community are more likely to experience
higher levels of traffic incidents provides a significant advantage to
each department for implementing accident prevention ...
Tracking permits in flood prone areasSaturday, November 9, 2013
Residential and commercial development in flood-prone areas can be a
challenge to manage for many local governments. In addition to dealing
with residents or businesses for permitting, inspections, etc, the
federal government is also involved to ensure all construction and
documentation is compliment with regulations ...
Mapping Winnetka's scenic bike tourSaturday, November 9, 2013
The Village of Winnetka hosts all sorts of special events throughout
the year. These events require the involvement and coordination of
numerous village departments, including Public Works, the Police
Department, and, often, outside agencies. A common outside agency that
works with the village is the Winnetka Park ...
Sidewalk snow removalSaturday, November 9, 2013
Seasonal operations planning is a process all municipalities, large
and small, must start working on as the seasons change. For the Village
of Winnetka Public Works department, sidewalk snow removal has always
been one of the primary services included in its winter operation plan.
Sanitary sewer backup analysisSaturday, November 9, 2013
Managing utility assets is a critical function of local government
and can often encompass a significant portion of a Public Works
department’s yearly operating budget. A specific component of utility
management is addressing sanitary sewer backup issues that can cause
damage to residential and commercial ...
Community rummage saleSaturday, November 9, 2013
Every year, the Village of Winnetka Police Department provides
additional security and crowd-control support for a local church’s
annual rummage sale. The sale is held on the church grounds and affects
parking and traffic patterns within in the adjacent area and several
surrounding neighborhoods. The ...
Interactive event mappingSaturday, November 9, 2013
During an emergency event, knowing how a community is being impacted
as a whole can be just as important as responding to an individual
emergency call. Having an overall view of the event can provide
emergency response personnel with a better idea of how wide-spread ...
Mapping out Winnetka’s parkwaysSaturday, November 9, 2013
For many communities, the fall season is a busy time consisting of
construction projects, landscaping contracts, and other operations that
relate to the changing season. For the Village of Winnetka, this time of
year means performing weekly leaf pickup along all the Village-owned
streets as ...
Sprinker system trackingWednesday, October 30, 2013
With the building of a new village hall and an updated police
station, the Village of Wheeling took the opportunity to put in a new
sprinkler system for the outdoor areas of both buildings. The sprinkler
system consists of roughly 600 sprinkler heads varying in ...
Memorial day paradeWednesday, October 30, 2013
The Village of Winnetka hosts numerous special events over the course
of a year and, for each event, the Police and Public Works departments
are involved in providing operational support. These events range from
parades to festivals and require a wide-range of supportive actions.
Maintaining utility systems in GISSunday, October 27, 2013
Keeping a utility system running at high capacity is a major
component of local government operations. Coordinating maintenance,
capital improvement projects, and every day operations can be a
challenging task that requires numerous man-hours to run effectively.
Having an accurate spatial inventory of utility system ...
A geographic approach to emergency managementSunday, October 27, 2013
During an emergency event, the type of event, the extent of the area
affected, and the number of issues occurring as a result of the event
are just some of the factors that need to be processed, organized, and
reviewed by local government staff to ...
Supporting Village electric pole inspectionSunday, October 27, 2013
Having an accurate inventory of the components that make up a
municipal utility system is very important to the overall success of a
city or village maintaining that utility at a high performance level.
While this type of inventory has traditionally involved descriptive text
Garabage collection redesignSunday, October 27, 2013
Garbage collection is an essential service provided by municipal
government that, in many communities, has become ingrained in the weekly
routine of community residents. While collecting garbage seems like a
straight forward process, often there are weeks or months of planning
that are necessary to ...
Supporting holiday lightingSunday, October 27, 2013
During the winter holiday seasons, local municipalities often will
setup a series of decorations or lighting displays to celebrate the
holidays and provide a fun attraction for the community’s residents.
While the amount of decorations on display is mainly regulated by a
community’ budget, some ...
Using GIS for electrical system maintenanceSunday, October 27, 2013
Utility mapping is a critical function of any municipal GIS system to
help support the daily workflows of various departments, including
Public Works and Engineering. While most communities are only
responsible for maintaining water and sewer utility systems, the Village
of Winnetka includes an electric ...
Public safety responseSunday, October 27, 2013
Of all the services provided by local municipalities around the
world, public safety is arguably the most recognizable and widely
supported. Everyone wants to feel that they are safe and that someone
will respond to assist them in the case of an emergency. The Village ...
Using GIS to assist with capital improvementsSunday, October 27, 2013
Capital improvement projects are essential for a local municipality
to maintain a good quality of life for its residents. Resurfacing roads
and replacing aging utility mains provide a more reliable
infrastructure for the community and ensure that residents do not
experience things such as uneven ...
Map products improve department efficiency for fourth of July holiday eventsSunday, October 27, 2013
Special events, such as parades, concerts, and street fairs, require
additional civil services from local government to ensure everything
runs smoothly and efficiently. While all government departments are
involved in the planning and execution of these events, the police
department is responsible for enforcing city/village ...
Targeting utility infrastructure improvementsSunday, October 27, 2013
As the country’s utility infrastructure continues to age, many local
governments will be faced with the task of updating or replacing
deteriorating structures. Since this process can result in high costs
for a community, many municipalities prefer to develop an infrastructure
improvement plan to make ...
Using GIS to link addresses to PDF documentsSunday, October 27, 2013
Many local gvernments face the challenge of organizing decades worth
of permit, building plan and zoning variance documents in a way that
will allow employees to locate them if needed. Most municipalities
have these paper documents ...
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