City seeks input on new website

Published on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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City seeks input on new website

By Tara Nelson

The city of Blaine has created a new web site in an attempt to make it easier for residents to access information.

Blaine city clerk Sheri Sanchez said the city created the new user-friendly site with the help of CivicPlus, a government website design company, and has changed the web address as of late February.

“We wanted it designed so that customers and citizens could get the information they need quickly,” Sanchez said. “We’re also inviting residents to give us feedback as far as what they like or don’t like about the new site, as well as things they would like to see.”

New features include more thorough information about the city’s various departments, commissions and committees, as well as quick access to utility schedules, municipal codes, business license applications, and links to border cameras operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

In addition, the site contains links to city manager Gary Tomsic’s blog and a resource directory guide to local banks, churches, schools, medical centers, and utility companies.

When asked if she will post audio recordings of the city’s council, commissions and committees, Sanchez said that’s something they’re looking into.

“That’s something we will eventually be doing, it’s just a matter of getting to the point where we have a good system for doing that,” she said. “I think it’s important we are able to communicate with the public about what’s going on in the city.”

The new site is located at www.cityofblaine.com.