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Mesa star athletes CityLink app connects residents to the City By Dani Ganley mation officer for Mesa’s Transporta“We haven’t seen a significant reducto be honored The City of Mesa’s new Mesa City- tion, Water and Energy departments, tion in graffiti in the City of Mesa, but Mesa City Sports Hall of Fame inducted its 2015 members Monday, Nov. 23, at Red Mountain High School. Besides longtime Red Mountain football coach Jim Jones, other inductees were: Quin Rodriguez—Dobson football (1987); Sean Stapley (posthumous)—Westwood baseball/football (1988); Matt Kelley—Westwood baseball/football/wrestling (1992); Justin Roth—Dobson swimming (1994); Nicki Barna—Mountain View tennis (1994); Courtney Rang—Mountain View tennis (1995); Rusty James—Mountain View Football (1996); Junior Taylor—Mesa High Football (2001); Jesse Udell—Red Mountain Wrestling (2001) and Ryan Brooks—Red Mountain Golf (2004). State championship teams from 1995 that were honored: Dobson Boys Tennis, Coach Ralph Crabtree; Mountain View Boys Basketball, Coach Gary Ernst; Mountain View Girls Track, Coach Mary Morris; Red Mountain Boys Golf, Coach David John and Westwood Boys Cross Country, Coach Kyle Sawyer.

Link application offers a way for residents and City officials to communicate about crime and transportation issues that pose safety threats. Mesa CityLink speeds response time so that matters can be taken care of as quickly as possible. It also offers a convenient way for residents to address their concerns from their smartphones. “We rely heavily on our citizens, or our visitors to the area, to let us know if there is a problem out there. Our goal is to make the repairs that our citizens want,” said Craig Blum, the Mesa Transportation Department supervisor who spearheaded the application’s development process. Initially, the app focused solely on reporting graffiti. Since that program’s release in August, City officials have added the ability to report landscaping, sidewalks, street conditions, street lighting, street sweeping, traffic signs, traffic signals and transit issues. Kimberly Nelson, the public infor-

said more applications and features will be added. “Our overall goal is to increase citizen engagement and to make it easier for people to report issues,” said Lenny Hulme, director of the Mesa Transportation Department in a press release. “The app has the ability to provide status notifications back to the user, plus it will streamline our processes by automatically generating service requests that are forwarded to field staff.” Blum said he’s proud of the graffiti abatement program. In most cases, they’re abating it the same day it’s reported. Blum estimates that historically, the City of Mesa has abated 1 million square feet of graffiti every year.

we’ve certainly increased our response time,” Blum said. In the past, it took nearly a week for the City to respond to graffiti. Now, officials are out there within 24 hours, Blum said. “When someone submits a request for graffiti abatement, not only do we see it, but it gets sent directly to our contractor in the field,” Blum said. “We’re proactive. We go out and abate it and we try to find it before we’re even notified by our citizens.” The Mesa CityLink application is available for iPads, smartphones and other mobile devices. It is available for download on the Google Play Store and the Apple App store for free.

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