Tracking sex offender locations

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To promote public safety and awareness in the community the Village of
Riverside, IL Police Department is making available a sex offender map
on the web. Because it is a densely populated area the information is
gathered not only for Riverside, but surrounding communities as well.
The State’s Sex Offender Registry provides the offender locations and
those addresses are plotted using The Village’s Geographic Information
System (GIS). By law sex offenders are not allowed to reside within
five hundred feet of a public school or park. The GIS is capable of
producing these exclusion areas with ease making the final map product a
combination of the sex offender residences and the exclusion areas.

Tracking sex offender locations

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To promote public safety and awareness in the community the Village of
Riverside, IL Police Department is making available a sex offender map
on the web. Because it is a densely populated area the information is
gathered not only for Riverside, but surrounding communities as well.
The State’s Sex Offender Registry provides the offender locations and
those addresses are plotted using The Village’s Geographic Information
System (GIS). By law sex offenders are not allowed to reside within
five hundred feet of a public school or park. The GIS is capable of
producing these exclusion areas with ease making the final map product a
combination of the sex offender residences and the exclusion areas.

Residential Drainage Studies

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Besides the flood issues introduced because of the proximity to the Des
Plaines River through and along the Village of Riverside’s Western and
Southern boundaries, some reoccurring residential drainage issues have
been identified. The Village has contracted to have drainage studies
performed in these areas hoping to realize some solutions through
infrastructure and/or grading changes. Through existing data sharing
agreements with Cook County via its Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
program, Riverside was able to provide contour and Light Detection and
Ranging (LiDAR) elevation data to the engineering consultant. Using the
GIS to prepare the elevation data for the areas of issue allowed the
studies to advance quickly as compared to the alternative of field data
collection.

Residential Drainage Studies

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Besides the flood issues introduced because of the proximity to the Des
Plaines River through and along the Village of Riverside’s Western and
Southern boundaries, some reoccurring residential drainage issues have
been identified. The Village has contracted to have drainage studies
performed in these areas hoping to realize some solutions through
infrastructure and/or grading changes. Through existing data sharing
agreements with Cook County via its Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
program, Riverside was able to provide contour and Light Detection and
Ranging (LiDAR) elevation data to the engineering consultant. Using the
GIS to prepare the elevation data for the areas of issue allowed the
studies to advance quickly as compared to the alternative of field data
collection.

Tracking easment value in GIS

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The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) develops accounting
standards for state and local government agencies. The financial reports
that are generated are used by the public, including issuers and
auditors to assess the financial status of the reporting agencies. One
aspect of the accounting process is the value of assets owned by the
entity. Because the Village of Riverside, IL has a Geographic
Information System (GIS), calculating village owned assets such as
utilities and easements can be performed regularly and quickly. Just
recently the village utilized its GIS to estimate the village owned
easements relative to supporting utility data. Because easement
information is filed away as hard copy documents the alternative would
have required much research and significantly more staff time.

Tracking easment value in GIS

Blog_TrackingeasmentvalueinGIS.jpg

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) develops accounting
standards for state and local government agencies. The financial reports
that are generated are used by the public, including issuers and
auditors to assess the financial status of the reporting agencies. One
aspect of the accounting process is the value of assets owned by the
entity. Because the Village of Riverside, IL has a Geographic
Information System (GIS), calculating village owned assets such as
utilities and easements can be performed regularly and quickly. Just
recently the village utilized its GIS to estimate the village owned
easements relative to supporting utility data. Because easement
information is filed away as hard copy documents the alternative would
have required much research and significantly more staff time.

Volunteer landscape maintenance

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One of the unique features of Riversidelinois is the design of the
community centered around forestry as envisioned by Frederick Law
Olmsted. Riverside is one of the first planned communities and has been a
National Historic Landmark since 1970 due to the historic architecture,
winding streets, gas street lights, and vegetated landscape.

The Village’s Forester, Landscape Advisory Committee, and other
village staff have teamed up to initiate a landscape maintenance program
that allows residents an opportunity to exercise their pride in the
community by caring for green spaces in the village parks, parkways, and
landscape beds. The location, size, and availability of identified
areas is being tracked in the Village’s GIS (Geographic Information
System). A map and spreadsheet of the adopted areas is constantly
updated to reflect the program status. Also a history of forest workdays
is tracked over time such as a weekend Boy Scout event to clear
Buckthorn, an invasive species. Combining all of these activities gives
village staff an excellent understanding of the maintenance status of
each area enabling them to sustain the beautiful landscape for
generations to come.

Volunteer landscape maintenance

Blog_Volunteerlandscapemaintenance.jpg

One of the unique features of Riversidelinois is the design of the
community centered around forestry as envisioned by Frederick Law
Olmsted. Riverside is one of the first planned communities and has been a
National Historic Landmark since 1970 due to the historic architecture,
winding streets, gas street lights, and vegetated landscape.

The Village’s Forester, Landscape Advisory Committee, and other
village staff have teamed up to initiate a landscape maintenance program
that allows residents an opportunity to exercise their pride in the
community by caring for green spaces in the village parks, parkways, and
landscape beds. The location, size, and availability of identified
areas is being tracked in the Village’s GIS (Geographic Information
System). A map and spreadsheet of the adopted areas is constantly
updated to reflect the program status. Also a history of forest workdays
is tracked over time such as a weekend Boy Scout event to clear
Buckthorn, an invasive species. Combining all of these activities gives
village staff an excellent understanding of the maintenance status of
each area enabling them to sustain the beautiful landscape for
generations to come.

Supporting commuter rail using GIS

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Riversidelinois has the benefit of being centered on a commuter train
stop that serves areas west of the city of Chicago. Accompanied by
dense development in the city center, a high demand for parking
facilities is present. The village has chosen to utilize it’s Geographic
Information Stystem (GIS) to inventory and evaluate its parking
scenario.

The location of the parking lots have been created in the GIS as well
as the parking spaces within those lots. From that information a simple
parking lot map was producted showing where all of the lots are.
Statistics can then be generated, taking things a step further, by
tallying the quantity of spaces in each lot and within all lots
combined. The next piece to the parking evaluation will be to integrate
permit types, parking restrictions, and fees to this model to obtain a
thourough assessment for spaces not only at the lots, but for on-street
metered spaces as well. And this will be covered in a bulletin at a
later date.

Maintaining sewer inlets using GIS

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Usually unseasonably warm temperatures are welcome during the winter
months in the Chicago area. But a forecast including above freezing
temperatures was met with some concern due to the historical snowfall
event that took place just two weeks prior. Riverside Public Works
personnel were aware of the potential for roadway flooding if rain and
excessive snowmelt was in store. In preparation for this possible
situation the Village’s GIS was leveraged to provide maps so that sewer
inlets could be located and cleared off. Without GIS these inlets would
be time consuming to locate given they were still covered by snow from
plowing efforts.

The warmer temperatures did arrive but without rain, so the snow had
time to melt. Staff was prepared to mitigate the runoff issues, but this
time, thankfully, their plan did not have to be put into action.