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.
In past years, the snow removal area maps have been maintained in a
CAD-based system, which is difficult to update and maintain. To help
simplify the map update process and make it more efficient, the
department asked the village’s GIS (Geographic Information System)
department to recreate the maps and make them available for distribution
to all plow operators.
Using GIS to assist in the development and mapping of the village’s
sidewalk removal areas, the Public Works department has improved its
winter operations planning efficiency and developed a more consistent
operational resource for the plow operators. For these reasons, the
department has decided to use GIS as its primary medium for maintain
this information moving forward.