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LOGIS Public Safety Group has Police Executive Steering Committee

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The LOGIS Public Safety Group has a Police Executive Steering Committee comprised of law enforcement executives from the member agencies. Currently 10 members serve on this committee. Hennepin County and Dakota County each have 4 representatives selected by the respective county chief’s group. Hutchinson Police and the Rice/Steele County consortium also each have a member on the committee. The group conducts business on odd months or more often if needed. The bylaws require half of the members be present for a quorum. The committee oversees the LOGIS public safety work plan, gives advice to the LOGIS staff and sets policies where appropriate. Current members are:

  • Mark Raquet, Chair – Minnetonka
  • Duane Pike, Vice Chair – Eagan
  • Diane Lind, Dakota Communications Center
  • Dan Hatten, Hutchinson
  • Jeff Schwiesow, Bloomington
  • John Arvidson, Lakeville
  • John Banick, Crystal
  • Steve Smith, Robbinsdale
  • Lon Thiele, Rice/Steele
  • Dan Scheuermann, Dakota County
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Category: Computer Aided Dispatch,Law Records Management

LOGIS attends Hennepin County Assessor Meetings

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Each month LOGIS staff meets with staff members from the Hennepin County Assessor’s Office and Assessing staff from various cities in Hennepin County to exchange information. This month highlighted the numerous State of Minnesota Legislation changes passed this year that affect how Assessors set the valuation and classification on properties throughout the county.

LOGIS programming staff will now need to make these changes to the LOGIS Property Data System so assessments will meet the new requirements set forth by the State of Minnesota Department of Revenue. Once programming is complete, in depth testing is required prior to releasing the software to the LOGIS Assessing cities.

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Category: Property Data,Special Assessments

Class Offers New and Improved Email/Document Templates

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If your Parks and Recreation Department needs to jump start an email marketing campaign, Active Network can help. Active Network, the developers of LOGIS’ Parks and Rec application offering, has some jazzy new Word, HTML (email) and Adobe Illustrator templates available for free download.

Email is a marketing channel that provides you with a lot of return on your investment. It’s quick, targeted, and most of all, extremely cost effective! Now you can grab your customers’ attention using the templates on Active Network’s eMarketing Center. Choose from an array of designs and themes including ‘Don’t Sit-Get Fit’, ‘Seasonal’, ‘Go Green’, and more! Please contact Paul Norton at LOGIS (763-543-2633 or pnorton@logis.org) for information on how to access the templates and/or how to use the Class Reporting Module to target your emails.

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Category: Parks and Recreation Systems

Lead Certification

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The new lead certification evaluation is now available in PIMS.  Any house that was built prior to 1978 will need the contractor to be lead certified in order to pull a building permit for that residence. We have added 2 new fields in the contractor information screen to capture the data. If the year built is pre 1978, the system will check to make sure the contractor is lead certified.

This check will also be available for ePermits in the upcoming weeks. The programming is complete and currently in test.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management

Utility Billing Bill Print Outsourcing

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Utility Billing cities have been working diligently this summer to initiate their bill print outsourcing by setting up meetings with potential mailing vendors and requesting quotes. There are currently three cities working with their selected vendors to program EBP (Electronic Bill Print) files into the CIS Infinity bill print format; several others are close to finalizing their vendor selection.

The EBP file is a flat file that contains all of the billing information needed to create the physical paper bill. The mailing vendor uses this file to program the bill print to exactly match the city’s CIS Infinity bill. Another file transfer option is to export the current cycle bills to a .pdf (Acrobat file) and send it to the vendor for printing and mailing. While the preferred file transfer option is the use of a .pdf, not all vendors have that option available.

Considering that 15 cities or more of our membership are in the process of outsourcing their utility bill printing, and that the majority is pursuing a similar vendor base, it could be very beneficial for the cities to share their vendor outsourcing information. Sharing of this information would not only reduce the outsourcing search and implementation timeline, but may also provide the opportunity for cities to pool their requirements and subsequently reduce their overall costs.

Please note that cities should complete their bill print outsourcing by first quarter 2012.

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Category: Utility Billing

Managed Services for 2012!

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At the July Board of Directors meeting, the LOGIS board approved the creation of a new service we labeled “Managed Services” for our members!  Managed Services is a suite of services provided by the Network Services group that are designed to allow our members to leverage LOGIS resources to accomplish the goals of their organization,  while reducing their costs.

The Managed Services suite includes:  Network Data Backups, Shared Systems and Applications (includes shared server access of hardware and applications such as SharePoint, SQL, and Exchange), Hosted Systems (includes access to N +1 Data Center, Compellent SAN, etc.), and IP Telephony (IP Telephony was approved and established in 2007 and is now incorporated into the Managed Services offerings).

If you would like additional information on any of these services please contact Kevin Pikkaraine, Manager of Services, at 763-543-2626 or kpikkaraine@logis.org or Janelle Rients, Supervisor of Projects and Network Services,  at 763-543-2623 or jrients@logis.org.

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Category: Networking,VoIP,WAN

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