The Common Council is expected to vote tonight on a 911 type system that will allow for emergency notifications.

The system will be administered by the company Global Connect, which is the same one the Oneonta City School District uses for its notification service, according to Mayor Dick Miller.

The school district's system announces school delays or closings, in addition to other news.

The system under consideration by the city involves automated calls using a database of residential and business numbers, as well as a second database of city employee and volunteer numbers.

The database does not include cell phone numbers.

"There will be some gaps," Miller said Monday.

But overall, the system is a proactive, positive step for the city, he added.

"I can't imagine why anyone would vote against it," said Miller, noting he expects it to pass.

The Common Council had already voted to set aside $3,200 for the system this year, but Chamberlain Meg Hungerford said, based on the purchase order, the actual cost will be $1,951.

The motion on tonight's agenda authorizes the mayor to sign an agreement with Global Connect. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

"It's a nominal expense," Miller said. "It's kind of a no-brainer."

The system could be used for weather and other emergencies and would allow for timely notification of city residents, he said.

The emergency could be something as localized as a downed electrical line or something of similar magnitude to the flooding of 2006 or larger.

"That's exactly the kind of thing we can use it for," Miller said.

In other business, the council is expected to vote to award a contract to DeNinis Construction Co. of Binghamton for the reconstruction of Parish Avenue. A contract is also slated to be awarded to Stevens Excavating of Otego for the reconstruction of Forest Avenue.

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