Many times throughout the year Assessment payments are received from the same Title Company or developer who is not listed as the property owner. This requires entering the same information (name and address) over and over.
There is another option within PDS to speed this entry. By simply adding the Name and address to Assessment Title Codes found under Assessment Projects they become selectable when entering payments.
Change seems to be the only constant these days for managing employee benefits. This year’s open enrollment process is no exception.
LOGIS members are finding alternative solutions for online enrollment after learning Apprize would no longer offer “enrollment period only” services. A few members have chosen to accept the Apprize year ‘round services. Two members have chosen the JDEdwards ESS Benefit Enrollment process. Other members are looking at competing vendor solutions to best serve their employees for online benefit enrollment. The constant through all of this – LOGIS support staff is working diligently with each member to provide quality electronic benefit management.
We successfully rolled out the latest PIMS upgrade to all PIMS cities and Citrix users (late April 2012). This upgrade was in programming and test mode shortly after our previous release (early February 2012). There were substantial changes and enhancements covered in this latest release.
Some of the modules included in this upgrade were: Code Enforcement, Contractors, Contractor Payments, Database Utilities, Permits, Scheduling, and Septic.
LOGIS just completed the upgrade of Call Manager to version 8.6. This is the latest production release of Cisco Call Manager and this upgrade allows our organizations to take advantage of:
Utilizing the latest phone models, including the 8900 video phones
Virtualization of the servers advancing our business recovery options
Integration with the Cisco CIUS
Integration of Call Managers with the Tandberg video conference systems
The latest Presence clients for the PCs and phones
IP Telephony Service – Newest Member!
LOGIS would like to welcome the City of New Hope to the LOGIS IP Telephony Service! We are beginning their telephone discovery meetings in February, and the service will encompass the New Hope facilities of city hall, golf course, ice arena, police and public works. Welcome aboard!
LOGIS is well underway with the last group of CIS Infinity Version 3 upgrades. Fifteen utilities have completed the upgrade to Version 3. This 2 ½ year project will be coming to an end on May 20th.
The last six cities upgrading to V3 consist of Coon Rapids, Minnetonka, Edina, Crystal, Farmington, and Eagan. This group began the upgrade process in January 2011, which consists of a 6-week soft parallel, a 6-week hard parallel, followed by go-live.
The utility billing staff has done an outstanding job—having to complete weeks of dual data entry into both versions of CIS Infinity. Their dedication and commitment to this project has been exemplary.
Once this project is complete, LOGIS and the city UB staff will begin the project of outsourcing the bill print.
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.