The city of Waupaca’s redesigned website is aimed at being easier to use, mobile device friendly and focusing on open government.
The new site at www.cityofwaupaca.org was recently debuted by the city.
Staff spent the past several months evaluating the city’s presence on the web and identified a number of improvements and changes to make the city’s website easier to use by Waupaca area residents and guests.
City staff collected information from both a citizen and staff survey and performed a comprehensive review of the prior year’s website statistics as a basis for many of the changes and enhancements on the new city website.
Website visitors will notice a cleaner website layout, a website that is mobile friendly and a reorganized menu structure that makes it easier to find information.
Other changes on the city’s newly redesigned website include the introduction of “sub sites” for several city departments, such as Parks and Recreation, Public Safety and Community and Economic Development.
“On the old city website, these departments were mixed in with all other content; our new website allows these departments to have an area on the website with their own menu structure, home page and layout, allowing these departments to better highlight their content and connect with the public,” said Joshua Werner, the city’s IT and communication specialist.
The new site also comes at a time when city staff is evaluating government transparency.
The transparency tab on the city’s website features several years’ worth of budgets and audits, tax information and details on how the city spends tax dollars.
The transparency section of the website will have more features added in the coming months.
“Transparency is an important initiative for the city of Waupaca as we continue to work to build trust, communication and openness with our public. In an era of cynicism and mistrust of government, it is necessary that we take transparency seriously. Our citizens expect us to take these strides to be more open and accessible,” says City Administrator Henry Veleker.
People may contact Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments regarding the city’s website.