Town staffers are looking for Wendell’s most creative residents to help them name a mobile application they want to debut later this summer.
Town staff is asking residents to submit suggestions for the town’s app’s name online. Some examples the town provided include Wendell Works, My Wendell and Wendell Connect.
The mobile application will be available on Android phones, iPhones, iPads and Android tablets for residents to report any problems they may be experiencing in the town, like a problem with trash pickup.
The town hopes to debut the app by August.
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There is a feature on the town’s current website that allows residents to report problems, but Wendell IT Administrator Tamah Hughes said the app is more convenient for citizens.
“We’re looking for our citizens to be our eyes and ears,” she said.
The town is working with PublicStuff, a company that develops apps for public entities like towns. Wake Forest and Raleigh have developed their mobile apps with the same company.
Wendell paid $3,000 to create its initial app. PublicStuff allows clients to choose different features to be included, like emergency services. Right now, Wendell’s app is only to report problems residents may see around town.
Hughes said there is potential for growth, if it fits residents’ needs.
“We’re just getting our feet wet,” Hughes said.
To submit a suggestion for Wendell’s app, go to www.townofwendell.com. The town will stop accepting suggestions on June 20.