Posted Online: May 18, 2010, 10:01 pm

Silvis seeks better connection with residents

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By Seth Kabala, seth@sethkabala.com

SILVIS — Aldermen are looking to technology to improve residents' knowledge of city happenings.

At Tuesday night's city council meeting, City Clerk Jim Nelson discussed signing up Silvis for Nixle, a web-based service that lets communities communicate with residents about municipal happenings such as trash pick-ups, street repairs, Amber alerts and other public safety or community event messages.

Residents wishing to receive the e-mail or text messages simply sign up for the service.

"It's just another way, I think, for us as a community to be able to move forward and communicate with our citizens and keep them in touch with what the community is doing," Mr. Nelson said. "When I presented this to (the public service) committee, there was one part that they really liked — and that's that it was free."

Alderman as a committee of the whole advanced the item to a June 1 council vote. They also advanced the following payments:

—$144,700 to administer the 2010 motor fuel tax program's street maintenance work. This will cover rock, salt and metal culverts, said Ald. Matt Carter, 2nd Ward. A separate agenda item of 47,400 for seal coating also was advanced to the full council.

—$1,955.28 to send two firefighters to a June 2-6 educational program. The Silvis Firefighter Brotherhood also will pay $1,955.28 for two more firefighters to attend.

—$1,050 for annual dues to the mobile team training unit used by the police department for training activities.

—$8,767 to GEM Electronics for an annual maintenance fee for police and fire radios.

—$1,200 to buy a new moving radar unit for a squad cars. Ald. Jim Cramblett, 3rd Ward, said the old unit had broken with a repair lasting six months before breaking again.