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Seneca board approves Nixle for another year

System used to alert residents of emergencies

Seneca’s village board approved a payment of $3,000 to continue its emergency notification system Nixle.

Mayor David Spicer said the system was a “great program for the village.”

In 2017, Public Health and Safety Commissioner Rich Applebee discussed how Nixle worked and proposed the village try the system for one year. The board agreed to try the program for a year. This week, Mayor David Spicer said the system “has turned out to be a great program for the village.”

More than 8,000 agencies ranging from businesses, schools and hospitals to fire and police departments use the real-time, two-way communication system. Once registered users receive text messages, email, voice messages, social media and the Nixle phone app. Messages range from weather alerts, evacuations and facility problems, to school closings, safety hazards and security threats.

The following are two examples Nixle alerts residents received on Tuesday, April 18.

u Received at 6:32 a.m.: SENECA: Residents are getting calls regarding new Social Security cards needing your personal info. This is a scam. Hang up on them.

u Received at 7:33 a.m.: Residents being called by scammers saying they got control of your computer and try to get all your personal information. Hang up.

“The app has worked out very well for us,” Applebee said. “Every month we are getting more connections between our residents and the Nixle service. We’ve found that the program is getting better all the time and residents seem to be very happy with all of the alerts they do receive.”

Village residents can register with the free Nixle alert service at the village’s website, senecail.org, or call Village Hall at 815-357-8771 for more information.

Water meter replacement

The board approved a payment of $12,680, split between the water and sewer funds, for 11 water meters and necessary equipment to continue with the meter replacement program.

“Our village clerk,(Therese Russell) told me there are only 121 meters left to change out and that’s a very good thing,” Commissioner Randy Timmons told the board. “We’re having problems with our present meter reading system and if it breaks before we get all the replacement meters installed, there is no way to fix it. So, we’re trying very hard to complete this project as soon as possible.”

Minor subdivision approval

At the request of Seneca Grade School District 170, the Planning Commission recommended that property at 354-358 S. Market St. with lot dimensions of about 165 by 300 feet be divided into two lots with dimensions of about 82.5 by 150 feet.

The board also made a proclamation for Motorcycle Awareness Month, an item the village approves every year.

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