How Baltic’s new website makes city information more accessible
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Simplified: The Baltic City recently launched an updated website with new capabilities and new ways to make information about the city more easily accessible to the public.
why is it important
- Discussions about the need for a new site began at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when city officials were looking for a way to share videos city council meetings, said city administrator Becka Wulf.
- The new site will have the ability to share recordings of board meetings. I am fine too allow residents to pay their utility bills onlinefind common city forms and easily view information about local city events.
- The goal is to make the information accessible and friendly, said Wulf.
“I think the most important thing this provides is a way to get timely information out to our citizens,” Wulf said.
What’s new on the site?
The site has many of the same resources it always had, Wulf said, but the difference now is those resources are easier to find.
The website Economic development page, for example, shares a list of businesses with links to their websites, hours, location and contact information.
the city calendar allows people to click on a public meeting and view all agendas, minutes, and videos from those meetings. (The video feature is coming soon, Wulf said. It’s not quite live yet.)
“We really want people to be able to see and experience the meeting without having to physically show up,” Wulf said.
Residents can also pay utility bills onlinea new feature.
Common forms of the city are also available, meaning residents won’t have to go to City Hall if they need a pet permit or need to open a new utility account.
What happens next?
The site is mostly live, although a few features are still being rolled out, Wulf said.