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Council will consider city-county partnership for emergency alerts

By Liz Moomey

liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — The City Council on Tuesday will receive a presentation about “RoCo Alerts” — a partnership with Rowan County for a combined mass notification system.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.

Previously, Rowan County used a program called Code Red and Salisbury used a program called Nixle.

“The two, separate systems complicated emergency notifications during incidents,” Tuesday’s agenda states. “RoCo Alerts will allow both the city and government to use one notification system and join communication resources in emergency incidents.”

RoCo Alerts will be powered by Everbridge, the parent company of Nixle.

TJ Brown, division chief for Rowan County Emergency Management, and the city’s Communications Department will present.

Other agenda items include:

• The City Council will receive a presentation about the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from CJ Palmer with Elliott Davis. The city’s financial reports from fiscal year 2018-2019 have been complied and audited.

• City Manager Lane Bailey will give the council members an update on an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of city services.

A staff committee was tasked with reducing the city’s carbon footprint and has been working with the Centralina Council of Governments. The committee has conducted a peer exchange with the City of Charlotte to discuss its Sustainable Energy Action Plan and is currently exploring and evaluating options to reduce emissions for vehicles and city facilities.

• The council will make appointments to the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. Ten new members are needed. The council will also consider making appointments to Tree Board and Planning Board.

• The council will present a congressional record to the family of Virginia Burleson, honoring her service as the first female police officer hired by Salisbury Police Department.

• Mayor Karen Alexander will proclaim Floyd Burton Day as Jan. 7 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as Jan. 20.

• At 5 p.m., the City Council will receive a presentation on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

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