That black panther that some residents claimed to have seen? Now if they spot it, they can take a picture of that sucker with their iPhone and report it to city hall. Same goes for that neighbor's Herbie that has sat on the curb for days after the trash collectors came by.
Lexington now has its own iPhone "app," or application, called Lexington 3-1-1. Mayor Jim Newberry unveiled the app on Thursday while greeting an audience at the Creative Cities Summit.
Using the app, residents can take a photo of a problem — in the categories of illegal activity, abandoned vehicles, illegal dumping, broken streetlights, potholes, graffiti, animal control, health/safety hazards and "other." Then they can give the problem's location through the Apple smart phone's global positioning system, describe it and send a report to LexCall, the city's one-stop call center.
LexCall will then enter a work order to get the problem fixed, said city spokeswoman Susan Straub.
"It will enable citizens to participate in resolving our problems more easily," Newberry said.
The city paid about $1,400 to have a West Coast company called Urban Anomaly develop the app based on a model it had used in other cities, Straub said.
IPhone users can download the app at the iPhone App Store. It will eventully be priced at 99 cents, but on Thursday, the app was available for free (the timing of the price change will be determined by Apple, Straub said).
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