Village employee resident study

​Although many of the Village of Norridge employees choose to live
within the village limits, only the department heads are required to
live in Norridge. There was concern about some employees living far
outside the village. Therefore, a study was done to determine if a
village residency requirement was needed for all village employees. The
Public Works Department employees were of special concern as they are
required to be on call for both water breaks and snow plowing. If a
public works employee lives too far away, they may not be able to
respond to an emergency and burden the rest of the department. The
village asked the Geographic Information System (GIS) department to
create a map showing the distances from Norridge to the surrounding city
and suburbs.

A map was created showing The Village of Norridge in relation to the
City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. A set of concentric rings
was created starting at the village boundary and radiating outward at 1,
2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, and 20-mile intervals. The communities that had
their center fall within these intervals were then coded and colored
based on distance from the boundary of the Village of Norridge. The map
that easily showed how far in miles each community was from Norridge.
If this map were to be created by hand, a significant amount time would
be spent using a ruler, compass, and paper map drawing out the mile
intervals.

Although the village decided not to implement a residency
requirement, the map was integral in the decision process. The map will
allow the village in the future to decide if a prospective employee in
the public works department lives too far away to respond to an
emergency.

Village employee resident study

​Although many of the Village of Norridge employees choose to live
within the village limits, only the department heads are required to
live in Norridge. There was concern about some employees living far
outside the village. Therefore, a study was done to determine if a
village residency requirement was needed for all village employees. The
Public Works Department employees were of special concern as they are
required to be on call for both water breaks and snow plowing. If a
public works employee lives too far away, they may not be able to
respond to an emergency and burden the rest of the department. The
village asked the Geographic Information System (GIS) department to
create a map showing the distances from Norridge to the surrounding city
and suburbs.

A map was created showing The Village of Norridge in relation to the
City of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. A set of concentric rings
was created starting at the village boundary and radiating outward at 1,
2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, and 20-mile intervals. The communities that had
their center fall within these intervals were then coded and colored
based on distance from the boundary of the Village of Norridge. The map
that easily showed how far in miles each community was from Norridge.
If this map were to be created by hand, a significant amount time would
be spent using a ruler, compass, and paper map drawing out the mile
intervals.

Although the village decided not to implement a residency
requirement, the map was integral in the decision process. The map will
allow the village in the future to decide if a prospective employee in
the public works department lives too far away to respond to an
emergency.