Riverton Updates Website for Better CommunicationNov 06, 2015 12:02PM ● By Bryan Scott
By Briana Kelley
South Valley - Riverton City is increasing its effort to communicate with residents, and residents are taking note. Riverton council meetings began streaming live online for residents who cannot attend in person. Past meeting recordings and agendas are now accessible on Riverton City’s website. Lastly, the city is redesigning the website, which is set to launch in January.
Angela Trammell, Riverton City’s public information officer (PIO), recently gave an update on the city’s new website design at the Oct. 6 council meeting. She informed the council and residents that the design has completed two of the nine development phases and is hopeful of a January launch.
“This is a really exciting thing for our city. There was a great effort for the old website, but as resident needs and online information change, so should the website. It was necessary to catch up with technology and take a look at the website. Some of the functions that make it easier to see and to function are not there. It’s not as personal to Riverton as it could be,” Trammell said.
These functions include online applications and payments, live streaming links to meetings, and pictures of what is currently happening in the community. Trammell hopes the website will be the main source of information for residents, businesses and visitors. All other social media outlets will build from the website.
Another goal for the new website is to remove outdated and irrelevant information. “We want to clean out a lot of that and make sure that the site is current and correct,” Trammell said.
The city began looking for a company to design and host the new website when the budget was approved last June. The city budgeted $29,000 for this project. Revize, the company chosen to create the website, will continue to host the website after its design completion. Currently the city does not have a server capable to host the website. However, all workings and updates will come straight from the city, according to Trammell.
“It’s going to be a great aspect of the city. We’re excited about what will result. We hope citizens will take advantage of taking a part in this communication process. We hope they will continue to come to us and give us feedback,” Trammell said.