Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette The Clarkson City Commissioners discussed implementing a city calling system called REACH to alert residents of Clarkson of emergencies and events.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

The Clarkson City Commissioners discussed implementing a city calling system called REACH to alert residents of Clarkson of emergencies and events.

At the regularly scheduled Clarkson City Commission meeting, the commissioners discussed using the REACH Notification system for the citizens of Clarkson.

REACH is like the one-call system that Grayson County and the schools use, except everyone signed up receives notifications within seconds of each other, instead of over the course of several minutes.

According to the commissioners, REACH will allow the city to have as many administrators as they need and it will cost one dollar per household that signs up for the first year and two dollars per household for subsequent years. The city would cover the cost.

Citizens would have to sign up for the notifications and opt out if they move.

Mayor Bonnie Henderson said that there are approximately 600 households both within and outside Clarkson city limits, 400 of them being in city limits.

They talked about whether they should include the whole Clarkson area or just those who live in city limits.

The commissioners discussed being able to use the notification system for emergencies and events that either affect the whole city or just a portion of citizens. According to City Clerk Scotty Gore, the system would allow administrators to send notifications to either the entire city of Clarkson or a specific area that is effected.

REACH is an internet based system and will allow participants to choose either email, text, or phone call notifications.

According to the commissioners, this notification system is recommended by the Kentucky League of Cities and both Clarkson Fire Chief Andy Cain and Police Chief Buck Meredith feel that it would be good for the city to have.

The commissioners decided to gather more information and to speak with a REACH representative before they make a decision at the December meeting.

In other business, Commissioner Debra Myers shared the project she has been working on with the commission.

According to Myers, Clarkson's personnel policies and procedures has not been updated since 1997. She has been working with the Kentucky league of Cities to update them.

She and Clerk Scotty Gore also worked on job descriptions, which will be sent to KLC and City Attorney Tom Goff.

According to Myers, KLC will charge $1,200 to help get the city in proper legal format regarding policies and procedures as well as offer training sessions for the commissioners. The new policies and procedures will be tailored for Clarkson.

The commissioners voted to spend the money to get help from KLC.