During last week’s council meeting, the Red Cross Town Council approved the use of a phone tree system for notifications to citizens. The system can be used to notify citizens of police announcements, garbage pickup changes and other town announcements.
The phone tree system will not be of any additional cost to the town. Use of the system is included with an annual membership fee paid to the county for the Blackboard Connect system. According to Town Administrator Aloma Whitley, Red Cross is one of only a few local towns not already using the system. Whitley spoke with representatives from several neighboring towns, all of whom were pleased with their use of the phone tree system.
The Blackboard Connect system can also be used for text and email notifications. Citizens will have the option of going online to enter contact information and preferences.
In other matters:
- No one spoke during a public hearing on the preliminary budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The total budget for the town is $246,000. There is no proposed tax rate increase for the year.
- The council approved the financial report for the month of April.
- The council approved fire department contracts for the new fiscal year. The contract with West Stanly Fire Department increased by $32 per month or $384 per year. The total West Stanly contract is $12,000. The contract with Ridgecrest Fire Department increased by $25.60 per month or $307.20 per year. The total Ridgecrest contract is $7,296. The contract with Oakboro Fire Department increased by $33.60 per month or $403.20 per year. The total Oakboro contract is $17,856.
- The council approved the town’s contract with the sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s department will be increasing details in Red Cross from 10 to 12 per month, equating to eight additional hours per month or 96 hours per year.