Many new updates to City website with more expected in coming year

Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. is pleased to officially launch a design update to the city’s award winning website. Michael Matarazzo, the City Clerk, is also the designer and developer of the site, with assistance from Gary Jones, the City’s IT Director and Matt Laidlaw the City’s Director of Communications. The Mayor thanked the trio for putting the extra time and effort into the new design. The new updates come with minimal cost to the city.

The new site will improve how visitors navigate the site with new elements due to come in 2010. The ultimate goal of the updates is to give residents and visitors a better experience with City Hall. Although the update process is continually evolving Mr. Matarazzo and the team project the entire process will take about six months to a year to complete. Visitors may experience some disruptions or broken links on the site. Eventually the city hopes to provide multiple services, such has e-mail newsletters, text messaging alerts, downloadable forms, expanded online payments, and better links to community information, event calendars and job listings.

Matt Laidlaw the city’s Director of Communications wants to strengthen the way the city communicates to the public. “We have three great local newspapers all of which report on everything that’s happening in the city,” states Matt Laidlaw, “the beauty of the web is that it’s a tool where people can transact business, get forms, or find information based on reports in the newspapers.”

According to City Clerk Mike Matarazzo, “We are still working on a lot of pages, and connection issues however the site is up and functional. We welcome all comments and suggestions to improve the experience.” To offer suggestions please email [email protected].

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