Jeannette site seeks residents' input to fight blight, fix street signs
Know of a blighted house or missing street sign in your Jeannette neighborhood?Let the city know.
Reports can be made on the city's redesigned mobile website, a feature that lets residents use their devices to bring problems to the attention of officials anonymously.
“A lot of citizens are familiar with their neighborhood or the streets they travel,” said city manager Michael Nestico. “Let's let the crowd tell us where the problems are.”
Since the redesign and launch this month of the mobile version of cityofjeannette.com, accessible from smartphones and other devices, Nestico said about 20 reports have been made.
The submissions will be sent to property maintenance officer Rich Sanner, who said some residents may feel more comfortable reporting an issue electronically.
“It's a little bit more helpful for me,” he said, adding that the reports spell out where the problem lies and he doesn't have to write down information from a caller.
The website allows for reports to be made about blight, missing house or building numbers and missing or damaged street signs.
The idea came to Nestico after having paper and pen or his phone handy while traversing the city and noticing issues, he said.
“As I'm driving around, I'm taking notes anywhere I go,” he said.
With the mobile reporting option, the information can come to city officials, rather than them driving around to find it.
“This allows the community ... to be able to provide feedback for areas that they're familiar with, areas in their neighborhood, places that they're concerned about,” Nestico said. “It's just one more tool that gives us a better understanding of the community and a better grasp of where issues are occurring.”
Mayor Richard Jacobelli said the redesigned mobile website is a good way to tap the community for help in identifying problems.
“It's important for people to start getting involved,” he said.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.