by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”Maple Park officials want to keep residents aware of what is happening in the village, from special events to disasters. To do that, they plan to connect households to an automated notification system this summer.
Through the automated notification system, the village will be able to send announcements to every household, by their land phones, cell phones, e-mail and phone text.
â€œWe can do unlimited â€˜blasts,â€™ or contacts,â€ Trustee Terry Borg said.
However, Borg said the village will be selective about what announcements to send via the notification system, so that households are not inundated with messages.
The service will be provided by Connect CTY, the company that Kaneland School District uses for its automated notification system.
Residents will be able to provide their contact information to the Connect CTY portal linked from the village website, www.villageofmaplepark.com.
Borg looked into acquiring the service for the village after some residents were disappointed that they were not informed about the risk of residential flooding during heavy rainstorms last September.
â€œThe village needs to be in a better communicative posture with its residents,â€ Borg said.
The village will pay $1.91 per household for the service annually, at a total cost of less than $1,000.