City moves closer to implementing Notify Me system

By: Robert Guttersohn | Royal Oak Review | Published April 23, 2014

CLAWSON — The City Council will vote on whether to implement the Notify Me system — an emergency and event announcement system — at its May 6 meeting.

The city has been looking to negotiate with the system’s developer for many months, said City Manager Mark Pollock.

“I’m very pleased that we’re able to get this moving again,” he said during the April 15 meeting.

Residents would be able to sign up for the system and receive messages on their phones letting them know of events or alerts, like when the city declares snow emergencies.

In December, after one of the many snow emergencies the city declared during the winter, Pollock said that having the system in place would have been useful to inform people to get their cars off the streets.

“There’s a strong possibility ... we could have it in place before the Fourth of July festivities,” he said. “(The developers) admitted that they would try to move us forward quickly.”

The festivities for the Fourth of July kick off June 25 and run through the holiday.

Pollock said that at the May 6 meeting he would present the City Council with an approximate cost to start the program.

“We’ll still be considered a pilot, but there will still be a cost to it,” he said.

Originally, Pollock was going to have the allocation for the Notify Me system in the 2014-2015 budget, which council must approve before the end of June, but Mayor Penny Luebs said to have it come to council as a separate item before the budget approval.

“I thought it was something coming before council to vote on so we could move forward with building the program specifically to Clawson,” she said. She later added, “The sooner they’re able to start, the sooner we’ll be able to get it in place.”