The Village of Glencoe removes snow from the majority of it’s public
sidewalks. Snow removal is done through a priority ranking system.
Sidewalks that provide primary access to schools or are heavily used are
designated as priority sidewalks. The remaining sidewalks are
designated as secondary sidewalks. Priority sidewalks are cleared first
and the secondary sidewalks are cleared after all the priority sidewalks
Employees assigned to snow removal are given maps and written
descriptions of priority sidewalks to assist them with identifying
priority sidewalks. They are also given a set of maps showing where the
secondary sidewalks are located. In past years there was confusion over
which sidewalks needed to be cleared first. The basic issue was that the
priority sidewalks are mixed in with the secondary sidewalks.
Therefore, they were interested in developing a method to make it easier
for employees to understand which sidewalks which need to be cleared
and which ones to skip.
The Publics Works Department approached the GIS Office about creating
a map book series that showed only the secondary routes. The maps need
to show a different color for each of the three routes and the priority
routes needed to be blacked out so employees would not accidently clear
them again. The maps were created as Map Series so that pages can be
quickly updated and replaced. The employees now have maps that show
exactly where they need to remove snow. Thus the village was able avoid
the inefficiency of removing snow from the wrong sidewalk.