Hmmm. Where did that shrub go?
I just came across this article and found it interesting. I thought I would share it with those of you who may not have had the opportunity to see the original in the Daily News Sun.
Apparently Sun City Grand has purchased a GPS system with the computer software needed to map out every little detail in the community. This will purportedly help them keep track of the community assets. Sun City Grand has always had a healthy budget/reserve account. It will be interesting to see whether this purchase pays off for them.
Sun City Grand leaves no tree unaccounted (This link will take you to Erin's original article)
August 14, 2009 10:25 AM Erin Turner Daily News-Sun
Creating an inventory of the community's assets - down to the very last shrub - is designed to allow Sun City Grand officials to run things more efficiently.
A new global positioning system and corresponding computer program will allow department officials from the Community Association Management to plan financial reserves more accurately and water community golf courses more efficiently, said Jeff Hochman, director of golf operations.
"It's going to be used in conjunction with our reserves (and) especially with our landscaping, to get an accurate account of the plants and have an understanding of our liability," he said. "The advantages are tracking all of the assets of the community - everything from plants to air conditioning units, computers (and) vehicles."
The Sun City Grand governing board approved $48,000 for the purchase of the Landlogic GPS system and wages needed to get the system rolling in November 2008.
While the program is just getting under way - with part-time employees manually logging community assets, such as plants, cart paths, walls, recreation buildings and vehicles - it likely will be the middle of 2010 before everything is entered into the system, Hochman said.
But once the system is complete, officials will know about every asset in the community, where it is located and how many of each type there is.
"It's really understanding what we do have versus what we think we have," he said.
The system will aid in golf operations, especially. Tracking all aspects of a golf course, from shrubs to cart paths, will allow Hochman to organize irrigation plans and develop water conservation procedures.
"Golf wanted to get all of our sprinklers and irrigation in order. It's helped us get an exact acreage. (And will) help us get the right number of materials to order," he said. "As water issues come down the pipe, we're able to identify areas and be able to measure out on areas we may need to reduce. It's going to save time."
Hochman said the system will be maintained and updated by all department heads once all community assets are entered. The system, he said, has been more useful than he could have imagined.
"Every time you do something new, you find something else you can use it for," he said.
Erin Turner may be reached at 623-876-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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