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CASS Certification

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Mailers +4, a product of Melissa Data Corporation, is an Address Correction Software designed to reduce postage costs of bulk Utility Bill mailings.  Within Mailers +4 a Coding Accuracy Support System certification report can be generated.  CASS Certification is the process that ensures accurate carrier route, 9-digit ZIP +4 codes and delivery point barcodes are placed on mail pieces.  A CASS report must accompany cycle bill and notice mailings to the USPS in order to qualify for postage automation discounts.

Bi-annually, LOGIS downloads all CIS Infinity version 2 addresses into the Mailers +4 software.  The addresses are formatted and validated against the USPS table.  Along with the CASS Certification report, an Address Error Report is generated.  This document will list all addresses in your database that did not match the USPS database.  These addresses must be manually corrected in your database for future compliance.  Enhancements have been made in CIS Infinity version 3 to allow Utility Billing Cities to resolve addresses within the Mailers +4 software and upload the corrected addresses directly into your database.

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Category: Utility Billing

“Webinar” Recordings Available to Class Users

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A “webinar” is a class or seminar that takes place over the Internet using a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The Active Network, the company that develops the Class System, schedules webinars regularly on a variety of topics pertinent to Class. While these webinars can certainly be attended “live,” the Active Network also makes recordings of these available for viewing from its Customer Portal web site. The only down side is that you can’t ask questions with the recording.

Typically, the webinars are about an hour long, and contain both an audio and video component. (The video component is almost always a set of Power Point slides.) Currently available webinars include:

  • Class Version 7.0 Content Tour
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Email Essentials
  • Using Twitter to Increase Awareness and Participation
  • Facebook Tips and Tools

If you are interested in downloading a webinar or accessing the Active Network Customer Portal web site, please contact Paul Norton of LOGIS at pnorton@logis.org or 763-543-2633.

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Category: Parks and Recreation Systems

J.D. Edwards News

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The Tools Release upgrade was completed successfully on July 24th. The JDE end user experience was significantly enhanced with this upgrade.  Included in the changes are the ability to “drag and drop” columns and resize column widths in the data grids. The copy/paste functionality between JDE and Excel (both into / and out of JDE) is back!!

Focus groups are being formed to review options for further improving access to JDE data, for both regular as well as occasional users.  The Finance group held their first meeting on July 29th, with the second meeting scheduled for August 16th.  The HR/Payroll group still needs a few more volunteers and then will begin meeting.  Both groups will be reviewing some of the third party products available that have been developed to work with JDE, and then providing LOGIS with recommendations.

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Category: Financial Systems,Payroll/HR

Public Safety Systems, Addresses and the Geofile

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The public safety suite of applications at LOGIS relies on accurate location based information contained in the “Geofile”.  Reliable location data is a must for dispatching police, fire and medical units.  Also, reports and crime analysis need this accuracy.  The Geofile in use with the current system is made up of street names and address ranges.  It facilitates the display of location or spatial data like parks, lakes, hydrants, etc.

The new suite of public safety software from Motorola, known as PremierOne, will have a Geofile that also includes address points.  An address point identifies a specific geographic or spatial entity and can be associated with an individual address.  Physical accuracy will therefore be enhanced, so will dispatching, reporting and mapping.  The expectation is that the maintenance of the address point features of the Geofile will be a collaborative effort across the jurisdictions.  Finally, PremierOne as well as the current public safety system suite at LOGIS utilize GIS software from ESRI, the national leader.

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Category: Computer Aided Dispatch,Geographic Information Systems (GIS),Law Records Management

LOGIS GIS is helping our cities standardize mapping for disaster response and damage assessment

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One of the many ways LOGIS GIS assists our public safety group and other emergency responders from our member cities is through the compilation and delivery of paper and digital “cab books”.   These map books are specific to the jurisdictions of the cities and have, in recent iterations, been designed with the U.S. National Grid system as the primary focus of the page layout.

The U.S. National Grid (USNG) is based on a common geographic projection and rectangular grid system (Universal Transverse Mercator).  A practical advantage over using geographic coordinates (latitude, longitude) is that USNG location references correlate directly to field measurements.  In other words, distances can be accurately measured between two locations easily, and the precision of locations and measurements can be maintained consistently across the state and across the nation. This is not true with geographic coordinates.

The compilation of our U.S. National Grid “cab books” has been a collaborative effort.  LOGIS GIS staff solicited assistance in sheet layout, design, and national compliance requirements from the city of Edina’s GIS staff and we acquired USNG data source information from Dakota County’s Office of GIS as well as other sources.  LOGIS GIS then compiled and delivered comb bound paper copies of the books to several of our GIS member cities and has created digital pages of the books for all of our GIS member cities.  Since many of the map layers of these books are updated regularly for a variety of other city GIS needs, the compilation procedure has been embedded in our enterprise GIS.  In this way LOGIS GIS, city, and agency staff can quickly and easily reproduce up-to-date replacement pages for their books whenever necessary.

Please contact the LOGIS GIS staff for more information about USNG “cab books” for your city.

For more information on the implementation of the U.S. National Grid in Minnesota, please see this article.  http://www.mngislis.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=445

Also see the following for information on the USNG as a state standard. http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/committee/standards/usng/usng_standard.htm

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Category: Disaster Recovery,Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Certification 2010

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The Fall Certification process for Utility Billing is approaching for 2010. This entire process assists cities obtain payments from residents for unpaid Utility Bills. Once the outstanding Utility amounts are not paid by an established date, the charges are certified to the owner’s property.

This entire process involves configuration, reconciliation, sending out letters to owners/tenants, applying a fee, and finally writing off the amounts on Utility Billing.

If you haven’t already, please fill out the pertinent documents and return to UB Support:

  • 2010 Fall Certification Questionnaire
  • 2010 Fall Certification Process

If you have questions or need the documents, please feel free to contact LOGIS Utility Billing Staff, at 763-543-2660.

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Category: Utility Billing

Class Now Allows You to Control Required Account Fields

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Have you ever tried to set up a mailing list of your customers only to find that some of your customer accounts were missing critical information? With version 7.00 of Class (which has been implemented in all LOGIS member cities), there’s now a way to ensure that none of your new customer accounts will be missing the important information you need! Class lets you be in control of which customer information is required and which information is optional when creating new customer accounts.

The new Manage Account Required Fields Screen allows you to specify different required fields for different account types (family, organization, or team), and also lets you differentiate between required information at the account and client levels. You can even tell Class what information you want customers to provide when they create their own accounts on eConnect (if you allow eConnect account creation). You can access the new screen at System Maintenance Module > Accounts Tab > Manage Account Required Fields.

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Category: Parks and Recreation Systems

Microsoft Outlook Coming to PIMS Scheduling

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The PIMS Scheduling module has undergone a new enhancement. After years of requests and research, the PIMS user community will be able to view real time Microsoft Outlook appointments in the PIMS Scheduling module. They will also have the ability to view PIMS inspections and appointments in Microsoft Outlook.

There will be some set-up involved in order for the new functionality to work properly. LOGIS will work with specific staff members at each city to ensure a successful transition. This new interface will be optional per city.

The enhancement is currently in test.  We plan on releasing the production version to the City of Lakeville for field testing within the next few weeks. Upon completing successful field testing, we will release it to the rest of the cities.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management

City of Saint Paul Announces New Special Assessment Web Site

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The City of Saint Paul announced the launch of their new eProperty web site hosted by LOGIS.  Our staff and the Saint Paul Real Estate staff worked together to create the new site which has an updated look. The goal was to develop a site which would give citizens and Title Companies easy access to real time assessment information with an easy to navigate web interface.

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Category: Property Data,Special Assessments

Network Services Update 7/12/2010

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Citrix Xenapp

In June, LOGIS completed the migration of the mobile users of our Permits, Property Data, and Special Assessment applications to the new Citrix Xenapps (6.0) server farm.   Once this migration was completed, we immediately began the conversion of our Utility Billing users and servers.  To date we have migrated three utility billing cities to the new farm with the remaining 20+ cities scheduled to be migrated during the months of July and August.

Media Server

In June, LOGIS completed the implementation of a new Windows 2008 media server.  This implementation transforms our existing media server offerings from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 and allows our members to utilize the additional features inherent to Windows 2008.  These features include Advanced Fast Start, Advanced Fast Forward, Fast Reverse and additional media formats such as:

  • Windows Media Audio (WMA)
  • Windows Media Video (WMV)
  • Advanced System Format (ASF)
  • MP3
  • Windows Media playlist (WSX)
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Category: Networking,WAN

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