The City created a little buzz with the official unveiling of the SWIFTREACH mobile notification service and right behind that announcement comes a message from the City Clerk who has a new online searchable database of City Ordinances at your fingertips 24/7.
SWIFTREACH does what says — it’s a subscriber alert system that sends out a public message to advise users of news as its happening rather than waiting for tomorrow’s paper.
If a traffic accident has a particular street locked-up, the City can instantaneously send out notification to avoid the area. Water main breaks, amber alerts, and serious weather are all likely candidates for how SWIFTREACH will get used.
SWIFTREACH is a free subscriber based notification system, so all we need is some basic data about how to reach you and then you’re offically welcomed in the loop. SWIFTREACH offers text messaging, emailing or standard phone notifications — the method of how you get the news is up to you to choose.
The second tech news comes out of the City Clerk’s Office. As the official steward and guardian of all Council resolutions, ordinances, and minutes, the Clerk has ushered Kent into the 21st century by launching a new searchable database of all City Ordinances.
Perhaps not quite as exciting a tech application as SWIFTREACH but certainly no less significant.
The ability to pull up City Ordinances on-line, in a convenient and user friendly format, is a couple of giant leaps forward for citizen-kind.
City Ordinances are funny stuff — not in a lol sort of way — more funny in an ironic way because most of the time most people don’t give much thought to their City Ordinances and that’s ok, but when they have a problem, they want access to those Ordinances yesterday.
That’s the beauty of the new online searchable database — its unobtrusive until its needed and then it’s there 24/7 to tell you what you need to know, when you need it.
Here’s the City Clerk’s link to the new database.
Test it out and take it for a ride with the top down.