Councilman to launch new iPhone CityHall App

Trash, graffiti and potholes could soon be reported via an iPhone application created by Freshman City Councilman Bobby Henon.

After downloading the CityHall App, residents will be able to make complaints and take photos that will go to Henon’s office and that information would be sent to the proper city departments.

Henon, whose district covers parts of Northeast Philly, also will forward complaints from other districts to their respective district Council members. Residents will also receive updates on the status of their complaints.

It takes a week for Apple to review and release an app into its store. According to Henon’s staff, the app could be available as early as Tuesday.

It’s not clear how much the app costs the city, but a staff member said it was “fairly inexpensive” because it was developed by a staff member. Next Henon will roll out a program that will allow residents who do not have smartphones to submit their issues via text. An Android app is also in the works.

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