by Lisa Tome
Recently, Town of Perryville public works crewman Tom Chapman was working to mark a water line and fix a leak on Otsego Street.
That day, the weather was warmer than normal for February and Chapman said he would probably work on the leak with his coat off. "This looks like it's been leaking since sometime early this morning. It's a nice day to fix this. This is the first one this year. I'm hoping for a quick fix. Keep your fingers crossed," said Chapman.
Specifically, the leak was in the 600 block of Otsego. He anticipated impacting water users from Aiken Avenue to Evans Street while getting the leak under control.
Meanwhile, Perryville town staffer Amy Yackanech was at town hall continuing to work on a plan for notifying residents in the event of an emergency or a water leak such as the one the public works crew was handling. Yackanech is looking to provide residents with a text alert and email system. She said a robo call system for notification has been considered, but isn't likely to happen.
"I just started working on it this week. We want to notify residents about water leaks, road closures, sewer problems, trash delays, and maybe, town events," said Yackanech.
The town website allows people to sign up for email notifications. The town used to have a facebook page with more than 2,000 followers. That page was then changed to another page due to a facebook problem. The new page, featuring the town seal as the profile photo and the transient pier as the cover photo, hasn't caught on yet. Yackanech said that's because people are unaware that the town page was changed. She said those on facebook are encouraged to follow the new version of the town page.
She will continue researching ways to get word to residents. She will present the plan in February, and hopefully, receive approval in March. She said she wants the approximately 4,600 residents to know what's going on.
"Hopefully, we will somehow get the word out. During a blizzard you can't put notes on the (town hall) door," she added.