The original website served the City well for six years, but ever-changing capabilities and demands created the need for a new look as well as an upgrade of service to the community.
Paul Romer, Public Information Officer, presented the website to the Council at Tuesday’s meeting. The home page features a changing collage background and brief slide show spotlighting the beautiful scenes that can be found in Belton. The homepage is also a great place to start if you’re looking for local news updates from the City.
If you’re a frequent user to the original website, don’t fret; not that much has changed. All of the departments can still be easily accessed in a new but familiar format. There have been enhancements made inside several of the department portals, however. The Library’s page now offers a full view of the services that can be found through our Lena Armstrong Public Library; The Police Department and Fire Department now have a Civil Service Hiring Portal that provides pertinent information regarding duties, pay scale, and hiring information for both departments including the capability to be alerted via text or email when a civil service exam has been scheduled; Utilities have been brought up-to-date by the offer to go eco-friendly with paperless billing.
There are also features such as the Request Tracker (that will soon be an app for your phone or device as well), a form center, a calendar of events, agendas and notification tools, and the ability to sign up for First Call - an emergency warning system.
Don’t crash the server on the first day; take turns checking it out next week.