After nearly two years of attempt met with various obstacles, Waynesville mayor Luge Hardman said she was happy to announce the launch of the new website design for the city.
"The city is thrilled and I personally am thrilled," Hardman said.
Waynesville's communications committee has been working on getting the city's website revamped for nearly two years with various individuals, companies and even the Internet Technology class at the Waynesville Career Center. For various reasons the project hit hurdles and couldn't be completed.
Hardman said she wanted to thank the individuals and organizations who had contributed to the project in the past such as the Waynesville Career Center and volunteer Adam Fagerlin, but said that she is especially grateful to Dennis Jones, whom the city hired most recently. Jones got the website live on Monday.
The website features a more streamlined and modern design the city hopes will be easier for visitors to navigate with direct links to city services, general information, the city newsletter, city meeting minutes and a community calendar.
Waynesville utility customers will also be able to pay their utility bills online through the new website.
According to Hardman, using online bill pay costs a three percent up-charge, "but everyone's that way. St. Robert is that way. What you are really paying for is the convenience. It's your choice (to use it or not). We're just really thrilled to be able to offer that for our citizens."
Hardman said she is very excited for the possible uses of the website and said the city plans to add the municipal code to the site sometime in the next year or so."
"Everything you'd ever want to know about the city is in the code," Hardman said. "If you wanted to know how many dogs you were allowed to keep in your house, you could type that in and find out it's three."
Hardman said adding the code to the site would cost thousands of dollars, but they are planning to do it in the future.
Additionally, visitors to the site can reach the city's Facebook page from a button on the homepage. The Facebook page is updated regularly by Hardman and is used to make announcements as well.
Hardman promised the city "will be keeping this (the site) updated."
"We'll also be adding announcements as we go," Hardman said. She said she hopes to use the site as a tool to keep citizens informed about events, meetings and important announcements, in addition to the city's Facebook page. Hardman promised that areas of the site that are still in need of updating will be updated soon and that the city "will be keeping this (the site) updated."
"We'll also be adding announcements as we go," Hardman said. She said she hopes to use the site as a tool to keep citizens informed about events, meetings and important announcements, in addition to the city's Facebook page.