Norwich launches new design for city website

Norwich - A new city website went live Friday evening, promising a less crowded home page, easier access to the events calendar, improved agenda and meeting minutes sections and video clips from City Council meetings.

On the new website, residents may sign up for specific alerts, such as postings of agendas, job openings and bid requests. City departments have the ability to post questionnaires for residents. The website will be able to run 10-minute video clips of City Council meetings, which are recorded live.

"We recommend people just poke around the site and try it out," said Deputy Comptroller Josh Pothier, who worked with consultant CivicPlus and a panel of volunteers to design the site.

The web address remains the same, www.norwichct.org.

The new home page features a photo of the City Hall clock tower and one of Slater Memorial Museum. Also features is the "Norwich Help Center," a "mega menu," which captures much of the information that had clogged the previous city website home page, Pothier said.

City officials are still working on integrating social media and expect to add those links in about a month.

The new website has been in the works for the past several months. The city went out to bid in January, and CivicPlus submitted the winning bid at $35,000. A volunteer panel of residents - William Kenny, Keith Ripley, Karen Neeley, Jeanne Kurasz, Michael Hughes and Jess Warrender - worked with staff in the finance and city manager's offices to review the consultant's proposals and then to create the new website.

c.bessette@theday.com

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