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La Vista unveiled a new city website last week that seeks to streamline the old site's cluttered design and make the most sought-after civic information easier to find.
Website provider CivicPlus completed the redesign in nine months at a cost of roughly $10,000. The city held focus groups with city staff, elected officials and residents to get input on improving the site.
One of the chief complaints was the difficulty of finding information that could be hidden among different department or division pages, said Mitch Beaumont, community relations coordinator.
“We wanted to make things easier to find to equip residents to do business with us,” he said.
Improved drop-down menus allow users to search for information by government, department, community services or business services. Another menu option, “I Want To…,” directs people to links and information on everything from registering to vote to the permit process for building a deck.
A transparency portal directs users to government documents and data, including tax and budget information, the bimonthly checkbook register and City Council and commission agendas.
The site was last updated in 2006. The CivicPlus contract includes another redesign in four years.
New features are scheduled to be added in coming months, including an option to pay for recreation services online and updates from Nixle, which provides emergency and other alerts through email, text messages and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The two-year Nixle contract costs $15,000 and the online payment program provided by Active Networks Inc. is part of a three-year contract that costs $14,200. Both contracts were approved by the council in July.