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.

Snow plow routing using GIS

Blog_SnowplowroutingusingGIS.jpg In order to​ determine the effectiveness of their current snow removal
strategy Riverside Public Works mapped their snow removal routes. Doing
so provided a map of the priority streets, parking lots, and sidewalks
as well as lengths of roadway included in each route.

An evaluation of the roadway lengths provided staff a better idea of
the distribution of efforts. They realized there was not an even
distribution of the total length of priority streets for each route, but
the differences were not drastic enough to change the current strategy.
They were, however, able to identify areas where staff can share
portions of the routes to complete removal on all major roadways before
continuing on to secondary ones.

Snow plow routing using GIS

Blog_SnowplowroutingusingGIS.jpg In order to​ determine the effectiveness of their current snow removal
strategy Riverside Public Works mapped their snow removal routes. Doing
so provided a map of the priority streets, parking lots, and sidewalks
as well as lengths of roadway included in each route.

An evaluation of the roadway lengths provided staff a better idea of
the distribution of efforts. They realized there was not an even
distribution of the total length of priority streets for each route, but
the differences were not drastic enough to change the current strategy.
They were, however, able to identify areas where staff can share
portions of the routes to complete removal on all major roadways before
continuing on to secondary ones.

Mapping no planting zones in GIS

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Riverside forestry management includes a tree inventory, tree
management, and a tree planting program. The village’s GIS (Geographic
Information System) supports all of these efforts as a medium for
displaying and analyzing that information. The village forester
identified an additional management strategy that is of interest to the
local Landscape Advisory Commission and that is delineation of no
planting zones.

These areas were provided to the GIS staff and created in the system
making it easy for village personnel to view the existing tree inventory
against the planned open spaces. Without a doubt, having a geographic
representation of this plan will expedite future planting efforts and
the open spaces will accentuate the unique landscape of Riverside.

Mapping no planting zones in GIS

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Riverside forestry management includes a tree inventory, tree
management, and a tree planting program. The village’s GIS (Geographic
Information System) supports all of these efforts as a medium for
displaying and analyzing that information. The village forester
identified an additional management strategy that is of interest to the
local Landscape Advisory Commission and that is delineation of no
planting zones.

These areas were provided to the GIS staff and created in the system
making it easy for village personnel to view the existing tree inventory
against the planned open spaces. Without a doubt, having a geographic
representation of this plan will expedite future planting efforts and
the open spaces will accentuate the unique landscape of Riverside.

Teaming up with community groups to track bench condition

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Recently the Riverside Public Works Department was assisted by a
Scout project to repair dilapidated benches throughout the village. With
the blessing of the Public Works Director resident Ben Cox located and
assessed all of the benches within the village. The data collected was
provided to the GIS (Geographic Information System) staff to plot the
bench locations and incorporate the condition information and photos
taken.

Mapping the benches provides staff an inventory for future reference
and a map product made it simple to identify how many and which benches
would receive maintenance. The village now knows where to target
continued efforts for bench maintenance in the future if desired.

Teaming up with community groups to track bench condition

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Recently the Riverside Public Works Department was assisted by a
Scout project to repair dilapidated benches throughout the village. With
the blessing of the Public Works Director resident Ben Cox located and
assessed all of the benches within the village. The data collected was
provided to the GIS (Geographic Information System) staff to plot the
bench locations and incorporate the condition information and photos
taken.

Mapping the benches provides staff an inventory for future reference
and a map product made it simple to identify how many and which benches
would receive maintenance. The village now knows where to target
continued efforts for bench maintenance in the future if desired.

GIS in support of historical commissions

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Recently the Riverside Historical Commission became aware that the
Village’s GIS program could provide them assistance gaining property
history information, particularly property images. Part of the Cook
County Assessor’s workflow includes capturing an image of the front of
every property in its database. Those images are available to the
Village of Riverside through an existing data sharing agreement due to
the Village’s GIS initiatives.

GIS staff was able to obtain images for the entire community and also
managed the files so they could be located at the Village Museum and
accessed easily by the Historical Commission volunteers. Realizing these
additional resources were available saved the Commission a great deal
of time and energy compared to the alternative of walking or driving the
community to take their own photos.

GIS in support of historical commissions

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Recently the Riverside Historical Commission became aware that the
Village’s GIS program could provide them assistance gaining property
history information, particularly property images. Part of the Cook
County Assessor’s workflow includes capturing an image of the front of
every property in its database. Those images are available to the
Village of Riverside through an existing data sharing agreement due to
the Village’s GIS initiatives.

GIS staff was able to obtain images for the entire community and also
managed the files so they could be located at the Village Museum and
accessed easily by the Historical Commission volunteers. Realizing these
additional resources were available saved the Commission a great deal
of time and energy compared to the alternative of walking or driving the
community to take their own photos.

Tracking drainage issues using GIS

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Rear yard drainage is a notable topic in Riverside these days as the
village is preparing to have some drainage studies performed. The
village has been using its GIS (Geographic Information System) program
to track drainage complaints over the past two years to realize where,
away from the Des Plaines River, residents are experiencing flooding or
drainage problems.

Imagery, elevation, and structural improvements data will be provided
by the GIS for the drainage study locations and potential solutions
will be provided by the contracted consultants. Hopefully some
economically feasible solutions will be realized and the storm drainage
for these residents will become more predictable than the weather.