Text alert service available for Alta residents

Friday, February 5, 2021

The city of Alta has begun a new text alert service for residents to receive important updates. “With a partnership with City of Alta and Alta Municipal we are now able to reach out to our citizens to make them aware of important things happening in our community. The messages will be short and to the point,” Mayor Kevin Walsh said.

“TextCaster is up and running and the last I knew we were right at 150 people have signed up for it,” Mayor Walsh said at the Feb. 1st Alta City Council meeting. “The first 12 hours we had 125 sign up. I still think with all’s said and done, we should have 500-plus signed up and I think we will. I think it’s just a great thing for our community.”

Residents can sign up on the city web page at www.altaiowa.org or on the Alta Facebook page. For those with limited access to technology, they can call Alta City Hall at 712-200-2105 and ask for Megan who will text them a signup link.

“We currently have three categories (1) City Announcements, (2) Public Works Notification and (3) Parks & Recreation Information with the plan to add other topics as we move along with this. Citizens can select any or all of these topics they wish to receive information on. They will not be able to respond back via text,” Mayor Walsh said.

For city use, examples of messages could be “no garbage pick up today” or “garbage pickup curbside only,” council meeting dates, street closures, etc. For Public Works, the messages could refer to a water line break or power issue, and for Parks and Rec it could be pool closure or playground updates.

“Many, many other uses as well,” he said. “It is a very simple process to sign up. When signing up, citizens will have the option for email messaging as well. I feel this is a wonderful service we are providing our community and another way we are working towards giving all our citizens a better overall community experience.”

“Alerts will only be used as necessary and I’m sure many weeks it won’t be necessary to send any out. No solicitation of any sort, for information only and it is designed as a one way communication,” Mayor Walsh said. In a Facebook post he wrote that this is important enough that he wants to personally reach out and invite residents to take advantage of this new service.