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Beaufort Launches Smart Phone App to Help Clean-up Community

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -

With just a tap of your thumb you can now report code violations in your neighborhood--thanks to a new smart phone app launched by the city of Beaufort.

"Its just one more way for people to use the technology that they're already carrying around to communicate with city hall," said city manager Scott Dadson.

The app "go request" allows you to type in your location, take a picture of the problem--such as an overgrown yard--and attach an email of the complaint. Which goes directly to city officials for review, and it can be done anonymously.

"Just because someone puts something in, doesn't mean that A) its a violation by code or law, and number two, we still have to do the follow-up, we still have to go see it ourselves, our code enforcement folks, we have to note the violation and we have to let the people know who are violating it of their rights."

NEWS 3 talked with residents off-camera who say they think this is a little too much "big brother" but officials disagree.

Officials say this is not about snooping on your neighbor, its designed to help folks keep their city clean, safe, and beautiful by reporting overgrown lots, or large amounts of trash, so crews can then go out and clean up the problem.

"Before the app, it was not unheard of for us to get emails or texts from the public saying I just witnessed a code violation, and this is what I saw. It's very similar to community watch issues where they see crime going on, or they know of an issue and they'll report that, so its just using the technology that most people have in their pocket now."

 To download the mobile application, search in the Apple App Store for "gorequest" (this is an iPhone application) or "gorequest" in Google Play for the Android version. The app is free.
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