Bourgeois told the city council Tuesday that, since many people no longer use a “land line” as a primary phone, cell phones could be registered as a contact number for the system.
Registration of those numbers can be made at:
Also, residents can fill out a form at the fire station and the information will be entered into the system for them.
There will also be forms at city hall, Bourgeois said.
There had been problems with the First Call system in the past because individuals complained they did not get the alerts on such incidents as a boil water alert, which is when the problem of a shift in primary phone service became apparent.
Bourgeois also noted that a recent drill of the siren system revealed that Pecan Acres and west Main near Burger King do not hear the alarm. He said he attempted to get Homeland Security funds from the parish to install remote horns to cover those areas.
The system will also send email and text message alerts, Bourgeois said.
—City inspector Blake Steiner, in response to a question from Councilman Joe Garrison, said the city is rebooting its property maintenance efforts after clarification of issues between local ordinances and state law on abandoned or derelict properties, and those should be addressed again soon.
—Ordinances were introduced declaring some items surplus property for public sale; presenting the city’s reapportionment plan; and designating a speed limit of 15 mph on Palfrey Street.
—A resolution was approved to lift the open container law for the Hanson Baseball Alumni tournament July 29-31 at Caffery Park. Glass containers are prohibited.
—The council approved a change order on the water treatment plant and substantial completion on same; a change order and substantial completion on the Boro Lane project; appointed the Banner-Tribune as the city’s official journal; and approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in connection with Mississippi River flooding.
—The council agreed to have legal counsel draft an amendment to city code exempting farmer’s market vendors selling “value added goods” from purchasing an occupational license.
—Mayor Harris said portable potties have been located at Pecot Park in lieu of constructing restrooms until perhaps the end of the summer when finances may be more suitable.