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Cedar Rapids launches new texting and e-mail notification service

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- People who live in Cedar Rapids now have a new way to find out what is going on in the city.

The City of Cedar Rapids has launched a new texting and e-mail notification service for those that want to receive short announcements delivered directly to their mobile phone, PDA, pager or e-mail inbox.

You can choose to receive a text message, e-mail message or both. You also have 29 different message groups to choose from.

Here is a list of city departments using the service:

- The Parks & Recreation Department is sending text messages about program cancellations and changes; special event and new program announcements; golf course, trail and park season information; splash pad and pool openings and closings; and announcement of program registration.

- The Utilities Department is sending notifications about changes in garbage collection schedules, bus route changes and detours, and tips and tricks about recycling and yard waste collection.

- The City Clerk's Office is sending text messages when City Council meetings are scheduled, agendas and packets are posted online and when those documents are amended.

- The Human Resources department will send text messages when new job openings are posted on the City's Web site.

- The Public Works department will send notifications about road closures and bid opportunities.

- The Fire and Police Departments plans to send notifications about emergencies such as evacuations, major fires, relocations and other serious emergency situations.

If you are interested in this service, click here.

Online producer:  Eric Page

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