We will be releasing a new version of PIMS into production early September 2012. The new version introduces new functionality to generate invoices from violations in the Code Enforcement module, plus contains more search options including the ability to search on a violation type.
The new ePermits administration site will be included in this release with a new location. This will be placed on the menu tree of PIMS instead of requiring web access. This will greatly simplify adding or editing items in the administration site. This function will also have a new name, which will be labeled: Site Settings.
Another addition to the latest PIMS release will be Dynamic Search. Dynamic Search is an advanced search option which allows the user to perform queries using selected tables and fields from the PIMS database. This function will currently be offered on the permit search screen.
Is your city planning a mass meter change out in the future? If so, you’ll want to take advantage of the Advanced Meter Interface (AMI) functionality available in CIS Infinity.
Through various table configuration changes, mass meter change outs can be completed within CIS Infinity via the file import process using the .csv (comma delimited) file type. In conjunction with your Meter Reading vendor, LOGIS will define the file layout to accommodate your mass meter changes.
The Meter Change Out program has the functionality to:
Insert the new meter number and remote number into Water Meter Inventory and Remote Meter Inventory, respectively
Change the status of the old meter and remote to scrapped
Change out the meter on the service
Input a removed meter date
Input the final meter read
Change meter bill code on new meter on the service
Getting things done in a New York minute just doesn’t cut it anymore. In today’s fast-paced society, everybody wants as much as possible in as little time as possible. So theoretically, email newsletters jam-packed with multiple topics would cater to such a society. However, this method could have an adverse effect. Long, multi-topic emails can be overwhelming and scare people off. The trick is to create short, straight to the point emails that are sent to a targeted audience.
Avoid sending email blasts to your entire contact list unless the focus of the message is general and applicable to your entire list. By narrowing down your audience, you should be able to narrow down the number of topics you’d like to cover within an email, resulting in email more relevant to that specific group and reducing the amount of “fluff” they need to read through to get to what they want.
Separate your contact list into categories. An easy way to do so in the recreation industry is to group contacts by past programs that they have registered for.
Focus on one topic/theme. Want to get the word out about your fall program registrations? Send individual emails out for each program category. If you want to include additional information related to that topic/theme, such as the addition of a new instructor in that program, do so further on in the email.
Your main call to action should be placed in the first or second paragraph of your email’s body. It is also recommend that you add a hyperlink button to the top right of your email layout that links to that same call to action.
LOGIS Assessors have used the Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) module for residential properties with great success. CAMA will produce a value for a property based on land and building characteristics and other influences. Recently the decision was made to enhance the PDS system to include CAMA for Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Family properties.
The design phase has begun. To date, LOGIS staff has met twice with assessing staff from member cities to brainstorm module requirements. Many key elements have been identified and will need to be addressed in future meetings.