• Posted On: November 04, 2014

Trees are a beautiful part of the landscapes in our communities. Arboretums flourish in most states and draw people interested in the various species of trees that thrive in specific climates. Homeowners plant them in their yards to bring shade and beauty to their landscape. However, sometimes these wonderful trees around the exterior of our homes pose a great threat to residents. How can city departments more efficiently handle code enforcement issues regarding trees?

Thunderstorms can be terrifying as the high winds twist and turn tree limbs to the point of snapping. Some limbs fall immediately, making a complete mess for homeowners to clear from their yards and city crews to clear from the streets. Some of these limbs are damaged and pose a threat into the foreseeable future as they threaten to fall at any given moment.

The problem with trees in residential areas, as a University of Alabama study showed, is that hundreds of people die due to trees felled by wind. From 1995 to 2007, 407 people perished, according to the study.

There is no way to know how a storm will affect trees, but one thing city code enforcement officers can do is red flag the trees that are leaning dangerously toward a structure, or a dead tree that has a greater chance of potentially hurting a pedestrian or crashing through the roof of a home. For communities that cherish their tree-lined streets and forested parks, code enforcement workers have full caseloads of tree related tasks in front of them on any given day and it only escalates during thunderstorms and ice storms.

Trees and weed abatement issues are always going to be an issue that affects communities and city departments, but a way to ease that stress is to be equipped with the right technology that helps you keep track of problem trees and keeps your code enforcement personnel out in the field longer. To accomplish this, it takes the proper software and mobile technology.

When you find the right vendor, you’ll get access to software that allows you to report and track cases from the field using a mobile device. You can use this mobile device to schedule follow-up inspections if needed and print field reports. You can also open new cases and send your reports to the appropriate personnel back at the office.

If this sounds like something your code enforcement department needs, contact Comcate today. At Comcate, we’re producing software that eases the burden of code enforcement officers who have for too long been working with inefficient equipment. When you take on our solutions, you can track the time you spend on every case, create custom reports, utilize GIS integration and photographs into your reports, maintain all your documents and history, and stay in better communication with your residents.

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