More information, easier to use
By Bert Lehman
After being delayed, the new website for the city of Clintonville is operating.
Clintonville City Administrator Sharon Eveland told the Clintonville City Council at its Jan. 9 meeting that the new website launched the first week of January and she is pleased with it.
“I think it’s going to be very beneficial to the community to access and get information,” Eveland told the council.
The website project was completed by CivicLive, which is located in California. The city council approved the contract with CivicLive in June.
The approved contract at that meeting called for a price tag of $9,700, with annual maintenance costs of $1,250, which isn’t charged the first year. CivicLive also offered a 12 percent discount off the $9,700 cost if the full amount was paid upfront.
The city had originally budgeted $30,000 for the website project.
In a follow-up interview with the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette, Eveland said creating the new website was a “massive undertaking.”
“Our staff has done great with what was available to them but having a very professional looking, easy to navigate website, I think is really important for a municipality,” Eveland said. “I’m really proud of that.”
The new website was originally supposed to be completed in October, which was part of Eveland’s six-month evaluation. But different issues delayed the website project.
“We could have still potentially had it done but unfortunately it just got tied up with coinciding with the budget season,” Eveland said. “I honestly just had to make the budget the priority and the website had to become secondary. I wanted to make sure the website was done, and done well. I didn’t want to rush it just to meet my evaluation goal.”
Eveland said citizens can expect to find more information regarding the city on its website.
“My goal is to get all the Rec. Department registration forms” online, she said.
A “request system” is also currently being developed.
Eveland said the request system will allow citizens to submit issues, concerns or questions through the website. Once submitted, the submission will be routed to the appropriate city official. During the entire process, citizens can monitor the status of the submission.
“It’s another way to allow people to communicate with the city,” Eveland said.
As citizens navigate the website, Eveland encourages them to inform the city if they find any problems with the website.
“[I’m] certainly not going to take offense to it if people find something that isn’t right or isn’t working properly,” Eveland said. “If someone finds that, please let us know.”