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Ansonia creates new app to communicate with residents

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Issues in town or just want to message the mayor, a new app is letting Ansonia residents do just that. (WFSB) Issues in town or just want to message the mayor, a new app is letting Ansonia residents do just that. (WFSB)
ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) -

Residents in Ansonia can address quality of life issues by simply picking up their smart phone.

The city launched an app called Access Ansonia, which allows residents to communicate back and forth with them.

The app was launched last month and users are starting to give feedback.

John Marini, a member of the Ansonia Corporation Counsel, helped create the app.

"We redesigned our website, but we realized people aren't using the web as much as their smart phones to access it," said Marini.

 The app allows users to highlight issues in their neighborhood, view upcoming events and sign up for updates from the city.

The city said it's the only municipality that it knows of in the area that has its own app.

"You're able to report any problem, any issue in town. You can take a photograph like potholes, blighted conditions, send them directly to city hall, both the photograph and the GPS coordinate," said Marini.

The photos get addressed by different departments. There is also a tab to message the mayor.

"I've already received like 6 complaints on our Wakelee Avenue area and I'm responding. I'm getting used to it," said Mayor David Cassetti.

Cassetti said the app is about communication and open government. He also said it is a tool to keep with the times and their technology.

The app is free and is available for iPhones and Androids.

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