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Taylor Mill Launches App to Handle Public Works Requests

The City of Taylor Mill is launching the see-click-fix app in the city, allowing residents to address public works issues more quickly.

The city commission voted last week to set aside $4,500 to try out the app for a year.

The app can be used, for example, when someone sees a pothole on a city street. The resident can click the issue on the list provided within the app, and then the message is forwarded to City Administrator Brian Haney or City Clerk Kristy Webb. It is then distributed to the maintenance department to be fixed.

If the pothole is on a state road, the information is forwarded on.

Haney explained that the app is in use in Edgewood while a similar one is used in Cincinnati.

Haney said that the city will see how it works over the course of a year. The city plans to advertise the app by putting up banners throughout the city and promoting it on the website and social media.

The app is free to download in the app store.

Haney told the city commission that the app would give the city lots of feedback on whether it is a good or bad addition.

"We are a small community," Haney said. "We have our vision. We want to expand it so that it includes your vision, too."

Mayor Dan Bell said the city will have a better picture of what residents want with this app.

"If you click on it, you know you're going to get a response," the mayor said.  

In other business, the city commission heard the first reading of an ordinance allowing the city to pay for police recruits to attend the state police academy, but if the officer leaves before three years of service, that officer will have to pay back some of the cost of the academy.

Police Chief Steve Knauf asked for permission to offer contracts to two new recruits who will have to attend the academy. He said the department's current average age is 53, and he wants younger officers to join.

Knauf said that the department employs seven retired officers, which saves the city on training and pension, but increases the average age.

Mike Sweeney, Jr., will now serve as police chaplain. He recently returned from Tennessee after previously serving the department here as chaplain. His father, Mike Sweeney, Sr., had served as the department's original chaplain.

Fire Chief John Stager displayed bulletproof vests that fire departments will be required to wear in a hostile event. Stager explained that the Taylor Mill department only has two sets of the vests and accompanying helmets, because they cost $5,900, but he is hoping for grants and donations to obtain more.

It was announced that the annual Easter egg hunt will be held on April 6 at 1 p.m. at Pride Park.

The annual shred event will be held April 27.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor