Town government officials and a number of local organizations will be using PingTown! to communicate directly with residents. The service was launched Thursday, according to First Selectman Steve Vavrek.
"Events and weather challenges the Town of Monroe has faced the last several years has demonstrated the need for our community to be able to directly communicate with all our citizens in a timely and efficient manner," Vavrek said in an announcement on the town's website Monroect.org.
Monroe residents can join the system and access information via apps on ios/android devices, sms, email or on their landlines. Once fully implemented, the system will allow delivery of messages to a residence, street, radius, affinity group or the entire town.
Vavrek says "this will allow Monroe to enhance the services to the residents with communication messages such as leaf pickups, road closures, town operated facilities, school bus alerts, events and lastly as a mechanism to backup the existing critical communication systems."
Monroe's Director of Information Technology, Jack Zamary, said, "The goal of PingTown! is to provide clutter free, nonintrusive, relevant and timely one on one relevant communications to the residents of Monroe."
PingTown! is a free service to all Monroe residents and non-profit organizations.