Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 2007

City gives Web site a new look

July 25, 2007

The city of Basehor will be launching a more user-friendly service to residents.

A new and improved Basehor city Web site will be available for viewing Wednesday, Aug. 1, and according to city treasurer Susan Adams, who assisted in the redesign, it will provide more up-to-date and useful information.

"Basically we just wanted a fresh new look," Adams said. "It will still be a work in progress."

Using Adobe Dreamweaver software, Adams and a consultant have been preparing pages to be posted online.

New features on the site include information on ongoing road projects in the city, news on economic development, announcements for citywide events, information on the city and school district for new or prospective residents and a form that residents can fill out with suggestions, comments or concerns regarding the city.

Links to the Chamber of Commerce, Basehor Community Library and other community organization Web sites will still be available, along with city job openings.

"There will be a section for photos, and on the front page we'll have photos that continuously flip," Adams added.

Each different department within the city will have its own up-to-date section.

Some future goals include posting current and past agendas and minutes from City Council and Planning Commission and downloadable forms to mail to the city for bill payment. Eventually, the site will offer online bill payment.

However, the biggest focus for the city Web site redesign was including pertinent phone numbers and other contact information that are frequently requested through phone calls to City Hall, Adams said.

"A lot of things that people call in about daily, we're trying to put on there because more people are going to the Internet now for information," she said. "We're just trying to make it easier for people."

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