For Great Bend residents who want to know what’s happening in the city, there is an easy way to make that happen.
“If citizens or anyone wants to be notified about what’s going on in the city, they can go to our website and sign up for notifications,” said City Administrator Kendal Francis. The feature isn’t a new one and was implemented before the website was upgraded and is still available.
“This is a feature some people know about, but we are trying to spread the word more,” Francis said.
When one arrives at the city’s homepage, there are a number of options to sign in, he said. There is a button near the middle of the screen that reads “Notify Me,” and tabs in the upper left and right corners.
Residents will sign in using their email address. However, if they are new to the site, they will be prompted through how to create an account.
This will involve entering a brief profile, Francis said. This just requires a name and an email address.
Below that is a menu of possible notifications.
Among them are:
• City events
• What bids are available
• Mosquito spraying
• Street closures
• Emergency alerts
• City news
• Job openings
There are small icons by each item that allow one to select email and/or text notifications. There is also a search option – “How can we help you?”
“You can pick and chose what you want to be notified about,” Francis said. “It’s very simple.”
Once signed up, verification emails and texts will be sent asking for a reply confirmation. “You know instantly those things are happening,” he said
Those who signed up via the old website should have automatically been rolled over into the new one, Francis said. But, if one has signed up in the past and has not gotten anything recently, they should call the city to see if there is a problem.
“We are encouraging all the contractors who are licensed to do business in the city to sign up,” Francis said. All bid notifications are published in the official city newspaper, the Great Bend Tribune, but they are also posted on the site.
For more information, visit greatbendks.net or call 620-793-4111.