Borough begins testing of GovAlert system

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough will soon introduce a new way for residents to contact the borough with issues throughout the town, Mayor Paul Kanitra said. 

Using the new GovPilot system, which automates processes within borough hall, a new application GovAlert can be downloaded onto a smartphone, giving residents a direct link to the borough when issues arise. 

GovAlert will be officially launched in the coming weeks, but those interested can download and test the service today. 

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“It is the culmination of a ton of work since we brought in the GovPilot system this year and we’ve been bringing everything online,” said Mayor Kanitra.

“GovAlert is packaged with the GovPilot system and what you’ll see as you play along with it is that essentially you can report just about anything, any concern in town and it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department,” the mayor added.

He said it is similar to attempts by the borough in the past but will be very helpful for residents and officials alike. 

Residents can also attach photos with their reports to send to various departments. 

“It’s going to decrease the prevalence of things kind of getting lost in the ether because there’s also going to be a record of it,” said the mayor. 

He said although emailing the council still works, GovAlert will allow for higher efficiency in responses and action being taken. 

“I’m very excited about it,” said the mayor.

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