The Cumberland City Council took some time during a recent meeting to discuss the city’s involvement with Reach Alert, a company offering a service designed to give participants timely warning and information in case of emergencies.
Mayor Carolyn Elliott asked the council for their thoughts on the city’s participation in the service.
“We’ve only got six people right now that have signed up,” Elliott said. “We can keep it for a little while longer if we go ahead and encourage people to do it.”
Elliott informed the panel city hall employees had been telling people about the service when they came in.
“I signed up for the trial period when I saw it in the newspaper,” council member Leslie Bush said. “We really liked it.”
Council member Randall Tackett said he has spoken to several people who expressed interest.
“It’s not something we can force people to do,” council member Charles Raleigh said. “It’s strictly voluntary.”
Elliott explained Reach Alert charges the customers who sign up with no charge to the city.
“It’s $1 the first year, $2 a year after that,” Elliott said. “But if you don’t have people signing up…the city can’t afford to pay for all the customers.”
Elliott asked the council if they wanted to continue with the service for a little while longer in order to allow more people to sign up.
“Did anybody else sign up for the free trial?” Bush asked the other members of council. “You can sign up for all this, you can get a text message, you can get a phone call at your house and you can get an email. We got all three.”
Elliott said a sign had been displayed in City Hall and people had asked about the service, but did not sign up.
“Do people know it’s a dollar a year?” Raleigh asked. “Surely they would sign up for it for a dollar a year.”
The council decided to allow more time for people to sign up, also agreeing to help spread the word about the service.
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