TWIN FALLS — Public maps online can tell you when your garbage day is, where you can find the city’s parks and where you can park your car downtown.
But now, the city is taking ArcGIS software to the next level: public safety. A new online map inventories the locations of automated external defibrillators in Twin Falls. The City Council will hear more about the map at its meeting Monday.
ArcGIS is an online mapping platform the city has used for years.
“We use it for engineering and zoning and planning,” city spokesman Joshua Palmer said. “It’s there. We can use it, hopefully, to save lives.”
The city decided to upload the map and solicit public collaboration after hearing from first responders about the importance of AEDs in saving lives.
“It’s not minutes that count; seconds count,” Palmer said.
Every second the heart isn’t beating, blood isn’t going to the brain, which can cause serious damage.
Citizens are asked to let the city know about the location of any publicly available AEDs. A form is available on the city’s website and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to City of Twin Falls, P.O. Box 1907, Twin Falls, Idaho 83303-1907.
The online map can be found at: https://cotf.maps.arcgis.com.
On Monday, the City Council will receive a presentation about the map and how geographic data is used in city departments. The Council meets at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 305 Third Ave. E.
Also at the meeting, the Council will consider:
Allocating $256,315 in anticipated excess revenue from the general fund to support capital acquisitions. This includes putting $50,000 toward a Rock Creek Trail extension.
Adopting a utility rate resolution for the 2018 fiscal year. The city has already adopted a 2017-2018 budget increasing water rates by 2.5 percent, wastewater rates by 5 percent and sanitation rates by 2.14 percent.
Modifying the speed zone on Orchard Drive between Washington Street S. and Blue Lakes Blvd. S. to 35 mph.
Amending the 2016-2017 budget.