Mark Tande will be retiring in early May after 13 years at LOGIS. Mark is an expert in mobile and citation support and he will be sorely missed. Mark’s replacement began his career at LOGIS on April 20th. John Nichols comes to us from the Columbia Heights Police department where he was an information systems specialist for the past 5 years. In addition, he has been instrumental in the TriTech implementation in Anoka County working as Records Manager for their Joint Law Enforcement Council.
It is a bittersweet time for us at LOGIS as we say goodbye to Mark and wish him the best in his retirement and welcome John to the public safety support team.
The PIMS team will be hosting vendor demos in March and April 2015 to investigate Electronic Plan Review (ePlan Review) software solutions to partner with our PIMS software.
Electronic Plan Review is a web-based (or client based) electronic plan and document workflow solution that lets contractors, developers, architects, and government personnel begin and complete their plan submission, review and approval process collectively, rather than using a manual, paper-based process.
Using this method would greatly diminish paper costs and plan review times. Customer service will also be enhanced due to time and money savings.
Following the vendor demonstrations, we will meet to discuss, feedback, comments, concerns, and vendor/software evaluation forms as a group.
The City of Golden Valley is now live on RecTrac, LOGIS’ new Parks and Recreation system offering from Vermont Systems, Incorporated. Golden Valley joins the cities of New Hope, Robbinsdale, and St. Louis Park, who are already live on RecTrac. Golden Valley is a trail-blazer, however, in that they are the first LOGIS city to go live on a brand-new version of the RecTrac software. This new version is browser-based, meaning it runs from within an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox. This means that no separate program or “client” has to be installed on a user’s PC, which simplifies system management and upgrades.
Golden Valley went live on RecTrac on Monday, March 30, 2015.
Utility Billing Support is establishing the 2015 Work Plan for CIS Infinity and recently enlisted the assistance of each LOGIS member city. They were asked to identify plans/projects for the coming year along with implementation dates. The work plan is completed annually and submitted to the Board of Directors at the end of each quarter with updates.
The work plan includes major Utility Billing plan/projects such as rate structure changes, the addition of new services or rates, payment allocation changes, reading or billing unit of measure changes, mass meter change out project, interface development to other applications (i.e. Work Order Management system), meter AMR software upgrade, Meter AMI interface, add-on product implementation (i.e. Infinity.BI, Infinity.Mobile), or adding major functionality.
A few of the projects on the 2015 Utility Billing Work Plan include 1 – Infinity.Mobile implementation, 2 – billing unit of measure changes, 2 – AMR software upgrades, 1 – Work Order Management Interface, 1 – AMI interface, 3 – meter register change, and 1 – cycle/book reorganization.
Each year the City Assessors from our five assessing members are required by law to send by mail a Property Valuation Notice to each property owner. The Minnesota Department of Revenue sets the format of the layout and the assessors must adhere to this format. This year again, our members sent out over 100,000 Property Valuation Notices.
Working with a local mailing service to meet both postal standards and MN DOR standards, these notices were sent out at the lowest possible cost.
The next step for the assessors is to create their new assessment year (2016) in PDS and start working on the property values for the next year.