A free smart phone application for the city of LaGrange is now available for use and was announced at the council work session Tuesday morning.
“Just about all off us carry around various technologies and mobile devices that we can utilize apps on,” said City Manager Tom Hall. “(Mayor) Jim (Thornton) has been particularly interested in our citizens being able to communicate with us using technology and us with them as well.”
Information Technology Web Designer and Developer, Nicki Nix presented the council with “City LG” application, available for download on Apple and Android devices.
The application is similar to the city’s website and allows users to view information about all departments in LaGrange. The “Connect” button on the application allows user to connect to the City’s website, Youtube, Facebook and LaGrange TV site.
Users can also pay their utility bill or fines on the application and submit service requests and suggestions, with the option of uploading a photo to correspond with the request.
Suggestions and service requests will be sent to the city manger’s office and will then be routed to the proper department.
Push notifications, such as weather alerts will also be available on the app. Nix mentioned that she was able to send notifications about school closures during the winter storm through the application.
In upcoming months, Thornton said he would like to talk with staff and city about setting policies about what is sent through alerts.
“I have been advocating for some time now that we develop an app because I do think we were way ahead of a lot of other cities 10-12 years ago with our adoption of broadband and so forth but I think we fall a little bit behind in the mobile,” said Thornton. “People are cutting the cord to cable and land-line telephones and are migrating to the mobile app and I think that’s something we need to have available as a way to communicate to our citizens. And the great thing about the mobile app is that its two-way communication.”
The “CityLG” application is now available in the Apple store and Google Play store. To download, search “CityLG” or “LaGrange.”
In Tuesday evening’s council meeting, council went into executive session to discuss a potential new appointee to the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority. Bobby Traylor, Edward Smith, Judy Boggus and Bill Stump were reappointed. Janelle Johnson did not seek to be reappointed.