Medford Lakes Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 23, 2018 – The Borough of Medford Lakes, of Burlington County, has recently upgraded to the SDL Enterprise License. With this upgrade, Medford Lakes will have use of SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software.

SDL Mobile, will provide Medford Lakes inspectors with the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field, while syncing all data in real-time to the SDL Desktop. The SDL Portal provides Medford Lakes administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to town data, maps and requests. Township citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Medford Lakes has been a client of SDL’s since 2004, and will continue their use of the SDL Municipal Management Software throughout their Building and Land Use departments. We are veryy happy to continue working with Medford Lakes and we look forward to assisting them with their software expansion.

Manville Borough Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 14, 2018 –  The Borough of Manville, of Somerset County, has just selected the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout many of their municipal offices.  With the Enterprise License, Manville will have access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the SDL Citizen app.

At this time, Manville has chosen to launch the SDL software within their Building, Land Use, Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement departments. We are very thrilled to have Manville as a new client, and we look forward to working with them in the future and assisting with the launch of their software.

APMM/NJMMA Annual Spring Conference

SOMERSET, NJ – May 9, 2018 – Spatial Data Logic will be in the Poconos next week for the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management and New Jersey Municipal Management Association Joint Manager’s Conference. Make sure you stop by the SDL booth to see a demo of our latest software update and to learn about our newest platform: SDL Citizen.

SDL will be located at booth 44, located at the end of the center row of exhibitors, near the entrance from the South Foyer.

The conference will take place at Kalahari Resort and Conventions, from Tuesday, May 15, through Thursday, May 17. The full agenda for the conference can be found here.

For more information regarding the conference, visit the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management website, or download the conference app!

Rockaway Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 9, 2018 –  This past February, Rockaway Township, of Morris County, became one of SDL’s newest clients, choosing the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout their municipality.  With the Enterprise License, Rockaway will have access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the newly released SDL Citizen app.

At this time, Rockaway has chosen to launch the software within their Building, Land Use and Code Enforcement departments. We are very happy to have Rockaway as a client, and we look forward to working with them.

Little Falls Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 9, 2018 –  This past January, the Township of Little Falls, of Passaic County, decided to select the SDL Enterprise License for use within their municipality.  With the Enterprise License, Little Falls will have access to the entirety of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Currently, Little Falls is utilizing the SDL software within their Building Department. We are so thrilled to have Little Falls as a client, and are happy to assist them with  the implementation of the software throughout their Building Department.

Evaluating Your Potential Construction Revenue

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) made some changes to the types of home improvement work that require permits. As a result, replacing siding or a roof on a single-family dwelling are now “ordinary maintenance”, and no longer require permits.

 

Construction Fee Analysis Tool

This is great news for contractors and homeowners, but it causes a dilemma for municipalities. Budgets that counted on revenue from those permits faced a shortfall. Several SDL clients wanted an easy way to run “what if” scenarios to see how fee schedule changes might make up the difference. Since the data they needed to use was already in their SDL systems, they asked SDL’s developers for a solution.

This led to the new Construction Fee Analysis Tool for SDL Desktop. Now any SDL Desktop user can learn in seconds:

  • the impact from lost permit revenues (in dollars and as a percentage of revenue)
  • how small changes in other fee schedule items could make up the loss.

SDL users were using the tool the day it was released, without database queries or even spreadsheets. As an example, we used some real-world data to see how the loss of fees would affect the town modeled in our figures. The result was serious… a 7% revenue decrease.

Then, using to tool to see which fees were collected most often, a couple of painless increases (from 8% to 13%) in other areas not only made up the shortfall, but brought projected revenue to 5% over targets.

A Cautionary Tale… and a Couple of Solutions

Fee changes are easy to make in test data, and harder when you’re wondering how residents will react. There’s an assumption that any fee increase will lead to an uproar. However, a recent article about the DCA decision made an interesting point. According to one construction company owner, “It’s not so much the cost of the permits… but the time.”

The fees were never the problem… the problem was the time spent (during working hours) calling or visiting town hall, applying for permits, getting status updates, notifying contractors, etc. Most of New Jersey’s local governments lost revenue this year… not because folks won’t pay, but because the process takes too much time. If this is the problem, what is the solution?

The solution is to modernize processes for citizens who are used to transacting business any time, from anywhere. SDL clients do this with the SDL Portal (a web-based municipal portal) and SDL Citizen mobile app.

The portal can transact the entire permit process (except for picking up the document) online. Other possibilities include license applications (e.g. mercantile, food truck, pet), Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests and online issue reporting (e.g. pothole complaints). The companion SDL Citizen mobile app (for iOS or Android) offers a simple phone-based interface for issue reporting, scheduling inspections, checking on permit statuses and more.

All this can be done at any time, from anywhere a data connection is available. That’s ideal for a working person who can’t visit or call during business hours; it’s also a relief for municipal employees who find that empowered citizens gladly eliminate a lot of the repetitive paperwork that takes up hours every week.

The Construction Fee Analysis Tool exists because we were asked to help fix a problem, and we did. However, we’d be less than conscientious if we didn’t point out that there are ways to avoid such problems. If you’re an SDL client, we’ve not only offered the solutions, we’ve delivered them… you probably already own everything you need to deploy your SDL Portal and SDL Citizen app, both of which are free for users. Please reach out to us if you want to know more.

Contact us to Take Advantage of the Analysis Tool

If you’d like to know more about using the tool, please contact our support staff at support@spatialdatalogic.com, or call (732) 357-1280.

If your municipality does not use SDL’s municipal management software, but you are still interested in Construction Fee Schedule Analysis, please contact sales@spatialdatalogic.com, or call (800) 805-9695.

 

Municipal Clerks’ Association of New Jersey Annual Education Conference

SOMERSET, NJ – April 24, 2018 – Spatial Data Logic will be in Atlantic City next week for the Municipal Clerks’ Association of New Jersey Annual Education Conference. Stop by the SDL booth to see a demo of the software and to learn about our newest platform: SDL Citizen. We will also be providing a door prize for attendee bingo cards, so be sure to have us stamp your cards when you come by!

The conference will take place at Caesars Casino Palace, from Tuesday, May 1, through Friday, May 4. The full agenda for the conference can be found here.

For more information regarding the conference, visit the Municipal Clerks’ Association of New Jersey website.

SDL is at the NJ GMIS Conference Today!

SOMERSET, NJ – April 12, 2018 – Spatial Data Logic is at the 2018 NJ GMIS Technology Education Conference! Be sure to come by our booth to see our new software features. Ask about seeing a demo of our SDL Mobile and newly released SDL Citizen apps.

This morning, be sure to attend our Sponsorship session, where SDL’s Jack Flood will speak on “Municipal Data – Beyond the office LAN.” Jack will be speaking from 11:30 – 12:30.

This year’s conference is being held at The Palace at Somerset Park, from 8:30 this morning until 5:30 this evening.

Hopewell Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – April 6, 2018 –  The Township of Hopewell, of Mercer County, has recently selected the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout their municipality.  With the enterprise license, Hopewell will have access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Hopewell has chosen to launch the software within their Building, Land Use and Engineering departments, among others. We are very happy to have Hopewell as a new client, and we look forward to working with them in the future and assisting with the launch of their software.

Berkeley Heights Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – March 5, 2018 – Berkeley Heights Township, of Union County, has chosen to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License. The Enterprise License will allows Berkeley Heights usage of SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software.

With SDL Mobile, town inspectors have the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field, while syncing all data in real-time to the SDL Desktop. The SDL Portal provides township administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to town data, maps and requests. Township citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Berkeley Heights has been a client of SDL’s since 2003, when they chose to deploy the software throughout multiple municipal offices. Currently they will be utilizing the software within their Building, Land Use, Fire Prevention, Engineering, Assessor and Public Works Departments. We are thrilled to continue working with Berkeley Heights and we are looking forward to assisting them with this expansion.

 

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