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Digital Notification System: The Township
shouldimplement a text messaging and social
media/mobile app based “emergency" notification system
that can ALSO be used to notify residents of public
meetings and other official news from the Township.
I surveyed over 100 people about such a system (e.g., Savvy Citizen which
would cost about $300 per month). 82% of respondents said they would
opt-in to such a system. See the survey resultsand comments from
Currently, the only such system available to Newtown Township residents is
a free service called ReadyBucks, which is inadequate. It only reports such
things as flash floods, severe thunderstorms, etc. All these alerts can be
gotten from a number of other free sources! More importantly, ReadyBucks
does NOT provide any information about Township events, public forums,
issues, and other non-emergency notices of interest to residents.
Searchable minutes of meetings(DONE!): Very early
on in my tenure in January, 2018, I requested that the
minutes of Board of Supervisors (BOS) meetings be
converted to searchable PDF format. Searchable PDFs are
useful for retrieving specific documents from a document
repository (e.g., computer disk drive). and useful for finding the location of
words and phrases within documents.
My request was quickly implemented by the Township and now every PDF
version of BOS meeting minutes going back two or more years is searchable
(access the minutes here). For more on this topic, read "Basic Document
Management" inthis Blog Post.
Streaming Indexed Video: Just as it is easier to find an
item in BOS meeting minutes if the document is
searchable, it is also easier to locate an agenda item in the
streaming video of BOS meetings if the videos are
Streaming indexed video has been implemented in EVERY other local
municipality, including Lower Makefield, Northampton, Upper Makefield,
Wrightstown, and Middletown (shown below).