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 acting council. After a
recent election, village staff decided to use maps to help explain the
operational role of each department to the new council members.
The Village GIS (Geographic Information System) department was asked
to create these maps, which included a water main diameter size map, a
public works facilities map, and an electric circuit map, as a tool to
visually highlight the extent of individual department operations. The
maps were shown to the new trustees during a tour they received of the
Village facilities and helped to enhance their understanding of the
services each department is responsible for managing. Having more
knowledge of the services provided by the Village staff can lead to
better, more informed decisions by the council in the future on the best
policies to effectively manage village operations.