LOCKPORT – When Lockport residents visit their city’s website Thursday, they may find a few things different about it.
For one, they may find it easier to access City Council documents.
They may also find they can search for information on the website better and view it better on tablets or mobile devices.
That’s what city officials are expecting when their new website, cityoflockport.net, goes live Thursday. Under a contract with CivicPlus, a web development business for governments, the city’s website promises to be more transparent and helpful for residents.
“I think in this digital age you want this one resource that people can utilize in different ways,” City Administrator Ben Benson said.
Going forward, the website may allow for credit card payments for city services, said Jack Linehan, assistant to the city administrator. Benson said the city also will launch a new Facebook page and other social media for residents with the debut of the new website.
One of the goals behind the website’s redesign was to make it more simple. City staff will be able to access the website and edit information better, Linehan said.
Lockport will pay CivicPlus $12,886 annually for the next three years to build and run the website.
City officials hoped a new website would serve as “one-stop shop” that caters to residents and potential developers.
City officials also believe that making city information more accessible on the website would help reduce Freedom of Information Act requests by giving the public easier access to the records maintained by the city clerk.
One component of the website that is not finished yet is a section for potential developers, Benson said. But the website should eventually have a list of available properties in Lockport along with other information intended to be useful for developers interested in bringing a business to the city.
“It’s part of our branding and to advertise Lockport more,” Linehan said.
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