COLUMBIANA – The city is rolling out a new public safety emergency alert system.
City Manager Lance Willard said at Tuesday’s city council meeting that the system replaces the Nixle alert system the city used a few years ago.
Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive the alerts for free and can do so through the city’s website, columbianaohio.gov.
The system available through WENS can provide emergency and non-emergency alerts to users on their mobile, work or home phones and via SMS or email.
For example, Willard said the system will also be able to notify residents affected by various projects throughout the city, such as the stormwater project.
“It’s a step up from what we used before,” Willard said. “We think it will work pretty well for water, electricity, police and streets. It’s quite interesting.
He added that residents can choose exactly which alerts they want to receive from the variety available.
In other matters, at the council meeting, council members approved the hiring of new part-time constables Courtney Gilbert and Kaitlyn Dewell.
Council Clerk Deann Davis also presented the Columbiana K-9 unit with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Columbiana Area Safety Council.
An ordinance creating a new job position with the city was also approved. The part-time secretary position is for the park.
Other items approved include a contract resolution with the District Advisory Board of the Columbiana County Health District in Ohio for the provision of public health services and the first reading of legislation authorizing the renewal of the EMS fee. .
Willard announced at the meeting that the city’s town clean-up day had been a success with approximately 50 tonnes of rubbish and debris collected in sixteen 40-metre dumpsters and the removal of 160 car tires and of trucks.
He also said a new Dinner on Main Street event through Moxie Events is set to coincide with the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday event in October.
Tickets are $65 for individuals and $120 for couples and can be purchased through the Moxie Events website. Dinner will be provided by Guy’s BBQ and the event will include a designated outdoor refreshment area.
“We can’t wait to have them in our city,” Willard talked about the Warren-based event planning company.