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Network Services Update: 2/15/2011

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LOGIS IP Telephony

LOGIS IP Telephony

LOGIS has recently upgraded our IP Telephony Licenses to the new Cisco CUWL licensing structure.  This licensing structure has multiple advantages for our members including:

  • Simplified order structure
  • Reduced purchase costs
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Removal of server based licensing

LOGIS Member Budget Meetings

LOGIS has begun scheduling our 2011 member budget meetings.  These meetings are extremely valuable in assisting our members in preparing their 2012 budget.   During these meetings we review with them their needs, goals and networks.  Afterwards we perform the research and then supply them with recommendations, costs, and equipment specifications.

Since these budget meetings book up quickly, we recommend our members contact us  as soon as possible and schedule their time slot.

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Category: Networking,VoIP,WAN

Property Data System Assessment Members gearing up for 2011 Property Valuation Notices

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LOGIS Assessment cities are finalizing last minute details to market value and parcel details records. Over the next several weeks, valuation notices for most every property will be sent to property owners. The Valuation Notice will inform the owners of property type, classification and estimated market value for current and one prior year. This notice is for the Assessment year 2011 but will influence the property taxes to be paid in 2012 (next year).

If a property owner disagrees with the information on the valuation notice, they have several appeal options available to them. The first option is to contact the Assessor’s office directly; many times the issue can be resolved at this level. The second option would be to appear before the City’s Local Board of Appeals and Equalization. The third option would be to appeal to the County Board of Appeal and Equalization. The final option if their issue cannot be resolved would be to appeal to the Minnesota Tax Court.

Currently LOGIS is working on a new module (Local Board of Appeals and Equalization) to assist the members with presenting the data to owners in an easy to understand format.

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Category: Property Data,Special Assessments

Class Password Requirements are Changing

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As you may have heard by now, the credit card industry is requiring merchants that take credit cards to implement a new security standard called PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). Since the Class Parks and Recreation application does process credit cards, it will need to follow the standard. Part of that standard is a set of rules regarding Class user login passwords. In the near future, Class user passwords will need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Passwords will need to be 8 characters long or longer
  • Passwords must include both upper and lower case letters
  • Passwords must include at least one numeric or symbol character
  • Passwords must be changed every 90 days at a minimum
  • Passwords cannot be the same as the last 10 passwords used
  • If a user tries to login to Class unsuccessfully for 6 attempts, that login will be “locked out” (unable to be used) for 30 minutes
  • If a user is idle in the Class system for more than 15 minutes, the user will be required to log back into Class, providing their user name and password again

If you have any questions about the change in password requirements or other PCI-DSS requirements, please contact Paul Norton at 763-543-2633 or pnorton@logis.org.

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Category: Parks and Recreation Systems

PIMS Releases New Version

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We released a PIMS upgrade to all the cities in January 2011. The upgrade consists of various requests, suggested by our users, which are maintained by a PIMS enhancement list.

The latest release contains a variety of improvements including: adding Minnesota Department of Revenue (MNDOR) code to the license table(s), which facilitates the forthcoming annual license report request.  MNDOR will be asking for license information for the conduct of a profession, occupation, trade, or business, and will be citing MN Statute 270C.72. Cities have until December 2011 to comply.

We included a citation function to use within the Code Enforcement module last year as a prototype, which quickly became an active production version. Since then, there have been numerous requests to add a similar function to other components of PIMS. Therefore, in this current release, we added the citation function to the Business License module for those cities who would like to issue a citation against a license number. We also added a Miscellaneous Citation module to the main menu for those cities who wish to issue an individual citation without the association of a license number or a code enforcement record.

Another enhancement included in this release was a “Year Built” field. The field will display the (actual age) or the year the house was built. This field will be updated by the validation process in PIMS for PDS cities or by manual data entry for Non-PDS cities.

We try to release several upgrades per year in order to prioritize the enhancement requests and maintain the needs of our customers.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management

Utility Billing Sewer Charges Based on Winter Consumption

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The majority of LOGIS cities bill their Sewer charges based on Winter Consumption.  Either they bill Winter Consumption or the lesser of Current or Winter Consumption.  Each city selects their Winter Quarter months and updates a ‘Winter Consumption multiplier’ on the Sewer service.  A program exists in CIS Infinity named WAV (Winter Average Volume) pick-up, which updates the Winter Consumption multiplier with the current water consumption. During billing throughout the remainder of the year, the system will compare the Winter Consumption multiplier to the current water consumption and bill whichever is less.

Usually cities use November-March as their winter months.  For example, if a city bills quarterly and is billing a quarterly cycle in February, the system will use their current pending water consumption (consumption used during November, December, and January) to update their Winter Quarter multiplier.

February Billing (Winter Quarter – consumption used during Nov/Dec/Jan):

  • Current Water Consumption:  16
  • Updated Winter Consumption Multiplier:  16
  • Both Water and Sewer are billed 16 units in February.

May/August/November Billings (bills lesser of current or winter):

  • Water Consumption:  18
  • Winter Consumption Multiplier:  16
  • Water is billed 18 units and Sewer 16 units (lesser of current or winter)

Some cities may bill Winter Consumption and not compare to the current usage.

As you can tell by the temperatures outside, it is winter quarter time. So please remember to run the WAV program before each of your winter quarter/monthly billings, doing this after your readings have been uploaded and any rereads and corrections have been completed.

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Category: Uncategorized,Utility Billing

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