City moves forward with new website

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By Traci Chapman

Mustang officials are counting down to a hoped July 1 launch of a new city website.

“We’re getting excited – it’s something we’ve needed for a long time and it will be a great resource for everyone across the city – citizens, businesses, all of us,” City Manager Tim Rooney said last week.

The first work in developing the new site started in earnest last week, when aHa! Consulting President Brian Gilday traveled from Oregon to meet with city staff to get input on the new site’s design. City Council recently approved the contract with aHa! To build the site, after sending the project out for bid.

Gilday said Monday he met individually with each department to get their insight on what they wanted to see, as well as holding an extensive meeting with department heads who gave their input, as well.

“We had a chance to see what they thought would be best – we needed to make it easier to add documents to the website, improve citizen communication, improve the calendar,” Gilday said. “Everything will be integrated – parks and recreation, city council, all of it.”

The site will also be mobile compatible for phones and tablets, Gilday said. It will be readily updated and maintained, which in the long run will save money for the city, he said.

Over the next three months, Gilday will work to train city staff to use the site and add new content, with the aim of bringing it live on or before July 1, he said.

“Everyone here said they wanted to improve Mustang’s image and profile and promote open government,” Gilday said. “This will definitely do that.”