City sees jump in registered users on new app

By NIKKI SMITH,

As of Tuesday, Mayor Hal Marx said the city’s app now has 91 registered users.

The app offers an interactive and easy-to-use option for staying informed about the goings on in the city and for submitting work orders.

It is free to download and opens up a two-way communication between residents and city workers and officials.

"We have already had a good response from the public with our city app,” Marx has said. “It allows for two-way communication between the city and our citizens, as well as instant response for complaints and issues such as potholes, water leaks (and more)."

The app is now available to download through SeeClickFix. Those who wish to get it simply need to go to their phone’s app store, download SeeClickFix to the phone and put in the zip code.

Once those steps are complete, users will be directed to the City of Petal's page.

From there, residents can easily report water leaks, potholes, animal control issues or other problems that need to be addressed.

Each request for service will go to the appropriate department and a worker order will be assigned. Once the work order has been completed, the citizen will receive confirmation that the problem has been fixed.

City workers will keep users updated on the progress of the issue and let them know when it has been corrected.

Also, users will receive updates and special alerts from the city, such as boil water notices, emergency information and notifications of special events happening in Petal.

In other action, the board:

•Approved a request to adopt resolution approving the form and authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with Forrest County for tax increment financing plan;

•Approved a request for a special exception and variance for property located at 308 Cassil Street;

•Approved a request for a special exception for property located at the end of Broken Arrow Trail;

•Approved a request to set a hearing date of January 9, 2018 at 6 p.m. for property located at 596 Central Ave.;

•Approved a request to accept the privilege license report for November;

•Approved a request to purchase 28 new duty weapons at a cost of $11,998 from Southern Connection Police Supplies and authorize the trade of current duty weapons for a credit of $7,965;

•Approved a request to transfer one 2007 Chevrolet Silverado from the Police Department to the Civic Center;

•Approved a request to transfer one 2007 Chevrolet Silverado from the Police Department to the Street Department;

•Approved a request to accept the proofs of publication;

•Approved a request to authorize adjustment to water services billed to 316 Ford Dr. in the amount of $523 and forego adjustment authorized on pervious agenda;

•Approved a request to accept the revenue and expenditures report for November;

•Approved a request to authorize adjustment to water services billed to 107 Petal Village Drive, apartment 21, in the amount of $30 due to a leak;

•Approved a request to authorize adjustment to water services billed to 405 Old Richton Road in the amount of $505 due to a leak;

•Approved a request to add the following vehicles to the unmarked list in the Police Department: two 2018 Dodge Chargers and a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado;

•Approved a request to removed the following from the unmarked list in the Police Department: 2014 Dodge Charger and a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado;

•Approved a request to authorize Justin Yawn to attend a 40-hour SWAT Level II Class at Columbia Law Enforcement Training Academy on Jan. 22-26 at a total cost of $300;

•Approved a request to adopt an order hiring Garron Thomas full time in the Recreation Department at a rate of $9.50 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt orders increasing rates of pay for city employees in the following departments: building, civic center, executive, financial, judicial, fire, street, water, police, recreation and senior center;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Jonathan Walley to third class firefighter at a rate of $11.04 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting James Givens to third class firefighter at a rate of $11.04 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Ryan Mathis to engineer at a rate of $13.18 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Austin Bolan to engineer at a rate of $13.18 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Jake Williams, Seth Cox, Ryan Swartz, Trumaine Hardges, Dean Pierce, Richie Steele, Jason Gardner and Eric Van Fossen to lieutenant at a rate of $13.71 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Brent Chennault to lieutenant at a rate of $18.51 per hour on an 80-hour pay period effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Scott Hinnant to lieutenant at a rate of $18.51 per hour on an 80-hour pay period effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Jeremiah Hill to Captain at a rate of $19.71 per hour on an 80-hour pay period effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Timothy Dye to Captain at a rate of $14.60 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting Pate Powell to Captain at a rate of $14.60 per hour effective Dec. 20;

•Approved a request to adopt an order promoting TJ Burkhalter to Captain at a rate of $14.60 per hour effective Dec. 20.