Howard County executive launches Tell HoCo mobile app

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Howard County residents have a new way to report problems.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman on Wednesday unveiled Tell HoCo, a mobile- and web-based app that’s believed to be the first of its kind in Maryland.

The app allows people to report non-emergency problems, including potholes, graffiti, downed tree limbs, traffic signal issues and other concerns, to the county government around the clock.

Smart phone users can use the app to snap a photo, send a report and track its progress.

The Tell HoCo app can be downloaded for free from the Apple store or from Google play. Users can make anonymous reports if they want, after they register. Links to the web version of Tell HoCo will be on the Howard County government website.

Users can also check to see what issues have been reported in their communities.

"The Tell HoCo app is also a perfect internal management tool," Ulman said in a news release. "Our Public Works Department and Recreation and Parks staff have been using it for a couple of months to track their work and monitor their progress. This is eliminating paperwork, and making our crews more efficient."

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