Bryant Council calls special meeting
The Bryant City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 tonight to discuss the city's contract with CodeRED.
The meeting will take place at City Hall.
At the meeting, the council will discuss the contract and "any actions necessary to issue payment for service," said Heather McKim, Bryant City Clerk.
This contract came into question during the council's meeting last week. When asked why residents were not notified by CodeRED of a recent boil order, Mayor Jill Dabbs said the notifications were removed from the budget at the beginning of the year.
Alderman Randy Cox, who recently announced his candidacy for mayor, distributed copies of emails between Dabbs and a representative for CodeRED to all of the aldermen. In the emails, the representative, Jill Mason, said the city still has an active account with the company.
During a phone interview with Mason, she told The Saline Courier that the city still has an active pass code for the notifications, but she could not release specific information about the city's account or say whether the city has any outstanding bills.
After the last council meeting, Dabbs said she will request the service be added back into the budget.
"I will ask council to provide funding for CodeRED," Dabbs said. "We have the funding. Council took it away and council has to give it back," she said.
CodeRED is a service which a city can pay for to send mass notifications to residents. Notifications can include information about emergencies or general communications like road closures or meetings, Mason said.
If the city, uses the same plan as 2013, it will cost the city $10,000.