Fort Mill Times

Tega Cay’s going to have an app for that

Want to know the day’s special at Carlos Cafe or availability at the Tega Cay golf course? Or, you capture a photo of someone illegally dumping trash along a city trail, but don’t know who to show it to.

The city’s going to have an app for that.

When Mayor George Sheppard saw the information the City of Camden is delivering to residents’ cell phones with its custom app, he asked City Manager Charlie Funderburk to look into what it would take to develop one for Tega Cay, too.

Not much, as it turns out.

Funderburk connected with software developer iCity in Nashville, Tenn., and before long the Tega Cay app was in the works. The cost to the city is $2,500 – not counting a $99 annual fee Apple charges to keep a product in its app store.

“You gotta love Steve Jobs,” Funderburk joked, referring to the iconic late co-founder and two-time CEO of Apple who was instrumental in the company’s development of the iPhone and iPad.

“If you stop paying the fee, it doesn’t mean the app stops working, but they drop it form the app store,” Funderburk explained, adding “it’s a very low, very low cost.”

At Friday’s state of the community breakfast sponsored by the Fort Mill Area Chamber of Commerce, Sheppard said that among things, “it will help users connect with local businesses, medical services, restaurants in and around Tega Cay and keep you updated on tings going on in City Hall. It brings Tega Cay to your fingertips.”

Funderburk said the app should be ready for testing soon and in the meantime the city is still gathering data, such as names, addresses and phone numbers of local businesses. He anticipates going live sometime around Labor Day.

“We’re excited about it. Just about everybody is moving to the apps stuff and this gets us out there,” Funderburk said.

“I think it’s going to be pretty cool,” said Municipal Clerk/Executive Assistant Katie Poulson.