Manchester unveils smartphone appBy TED SIEFER
New Hampshire Union Leader
October 07. 2014 11:00PM
MANCHESTER — Want to report a pothole; check your flight status; contact your alderman? In Manchester, there’s now an app for that.
City officials unveiled the Manchester, NH Connect smartphone app at Tuesday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
Mayor Ted Gatsas, who first proposed the app in his 2014 budget presentation in January, praised the city’s economic development and information technology directors on the finished product. The app is available for download from the iTunes App Store for iPhones and Google Play store for Android phones.
“I’m certainly not anyone who’s computer savvy and app savvy, but even I can push a button and follow through on the process,” he said.
The app is designed to enable residents to report a number of problems to the relevant departments, such as a potholes, missed trash pickups, and faulty street and traffic lights. Users will also be able to track the progress of the requests.
The app will also have a directory of city officials with contact information, meeting agendas, links to recreational and entertainment facilities in the city, as well as the Manchester airport’s separate app.
Manchester joins Boston and several other cities in adopting a mobile app aimed at providing residents a more convenient way to report problems and access city services.
The city is paying the company SeeClickFix $1,000 a month to administer the app, in addition to the $2,000 it paid for its initial construction and installation, according to Economic Development Director Will Craig.
Gatsas said the next phase of the app will be to incorporate information for the school district.