BROOK PARK, Ohio — Brook Park’s metropolis web site must be sturdy but simple to navigate, so the citizen-led Know-how and Innovation Committee lately introduced to Metropolis Council its advice for making that occur.
Thomas Dufour, who has served on the committee since council created it three years in the past, offered perception on the web site’s shortcomings through the Nov. 9 council caucus.
He confused how important the connection between the general public and a complete web site is in retaining residents and potential future householders, in addition to companies, apprised about all a metropolis has to supply.
He mentioned the mayor requested the committee to develop a Request for Proposal.
“We wish to ensure we’re going to offer a brand new expertise for folks, ought to we resolve to go down this route,” Dufour defined to council.
“Over the previous couple of months, we’ve performed surveys and analysis on different cities’ web sites and on completely different municipal organizations.”
The present web site, initially created in 2015, lacks flexibility and numerous content material, Dufour indicated.
“As the web site stands proper now, we actually don’t have a whole lot of the performance different cities need to do day-to-day operations,” he mentioned. “On the identical time, we are able to’t (internally) replace sure elements of the web site and entry sure issues so as to add options and performance.
“You’ve in all probability seen there are a whole lot of outdated information and pictures on there.”
As well as, he famous that web site accessibility points at the moment exist for folks with imaginative and prescient or mobility disabilities.
Dufour mentioned survey responses indicated that individuals need a web site that gives extra details about metropolis companies, higher integration to social media and the power to allow Brook Park departments to commonly replace their data.
He additionally talked about the importance of “streamlined navigation … and dedication to simplicity” that different cities’ web sites have.
“We’re actually falling behind on the digital panorama,” he mentioned. “Our web site must be a neighborhood hub. A whole lot of different cities are providing issues for his or her residents on-line that we at the moment aren’t.”
Dufour estimated the price for a vendor to construct the brand new web site at $20,000.
Metropolis Council handed a movement that the subject was mentioned and no additional motion was taken. Members will evaluate the committee’s draft RFP and supply Dufour with any suggestions.
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