Port Byron discusses emergency notification methods


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Posted Online: Jan. 14, 2013, 10:49 pm
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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com
PORT BYRON -- Board members on Monday discussed adding a mass notice communication system for use in the event of an emergency.

The need to notify residents in a timely manner was realized two weeks ago when a portion of the village was put under a boil order.Port Byron has used a digital billboard on Illinois 84 and local TV and radio stations to notify residents when needed.

Board members on Monday considered two notification companies, each offering different services. Residents would have to sign up online to receive alerts by email, text or phone.

Mayor Bob Wilson said the service could be used to alert people about snow emergencies, road closures, community events or other essential information.The matter will be placed on the agenda of a future meeting for a vote, said Mayor Wilson.

Mayor Wilson on Monday also announced MetroLink will begin offering bus service from SouthPark Mall in Moline to Port Byron. Buses are expected to run six times per day, he said, with a two-year federal grant allowing MetroLink to expand its service.

The winners in the Port Byron Christmas lights contest -- Nick Roman, Sherry Cline, Kevin O'Shea, Scott Specht and Chuck Algire -- also were noted. Winners received $50 gift certificates to local restaurants.



















 




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