Moffat County Web site being redone
Moffat County’s Web site will be getting a facelift.
Mason Siedschlaw, Moffat County information systems coordinator, said the county is working with the Statewide Internet Portal Authority to provide an updated layout template and hosting services to the county and library’s Web presence.
The Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, a contract for SIPA to potentially add to or revise the county’s Web services March 10.
Since the county agreed to contract with SIPA, it can now place work orders for various upgrades and services for its site, http://www.co.moffat.co.us.
The services provided by SIPA are of no cost to the county, and Siedschlaw expects the new templates to be online in about four months.
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Siedschlaw hopes the template upgrade and hosting will be the first of many steps the county will take to expand Internet services to its residents.
“Once it gets in place, I think that we are going to get a lot more feedback from departments about what we can do to utilize that better both internally and for the public,” he said.
Siedschlaw hopes that a more attractive and user friendly Web site will boost awareness of electronic services provided by the county.
“More and more, people are utilizing the Internet for everything and even in Moffat County we have the ability for people to search a property database, people can pay their taxes online,” he said. “It’s just involving so much that I think the public maybe doesn’t know what is available, and I think this will be a good way to promote all of it at once.”
He also said the rural nature of Moffat County plays a role in how residents view county Internet services.
“I think you are always going to have that rural, small community feel. A lot of people are happy to come in somewhere, see a familiar face and write a check,” he said. “But on the other hand, I think you have a large portion of the population that’s just as happy to get online.”
The new template also will allow county employees to be able to update content online more easily than in the past.
“We’ll train employees on how to do that content management here instead of having to contact our provider to make changes,” he said.
The county will establish a committee to review the several templates provided by SIPA and decide which would best meet Moffat County needs and wants.
Moffat County Chief Appraiser Jennifer Riley is serving on the committee and hopes to make the Web site “more useable and more manageable.”
“Our Web site, I think, has limited functionality right now,” Riley said. “We don’t update it frequently. The information is not current. In the assessor’s office, there is a lot more information we could make available and update frequently if we could do it ourselves.”
Siedschlaw said that in the future he hopes to see more forms, applications and information available to the public. Other ideas, he said, include adding a parks and recreation department calendar of events and facility reservation as an internal, county employee portal.
“A lot of people wouldn’t think twice about paying bills online, or paying taxes online or renewing their license plates online,” Siedschlaw said. “But there is a lot of people that won’t ever use those services, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t offer them.”
The City of Craig also plans to make updates to its Web site, http://www.ci.craig.co.us.
The Craig City Council approved, 6-0, a bid to redesign the city’s Web site with Front Range Internet at its Feb. 9 meeting.
Craig city manager Jim Ferree said the city is reviewing final proofs of the redesign, and the project is expected to be complete in the next few months.
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