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New Lenox Village Website To Get A Facelift

What kind of tools and features would you like to see and a new-look newlenox.net?

The is in line with municipalities across the country in its attempt to become a resource for news and issues that play out within the community. Along with ongoing communication and easy access to the village staff comes building a website that captures the heart and style of the community.

Village Administrator Kurt Carroll has issued a request for proposals for website design, implementation and maintenance services. All bids are due no later than 5 p.m. July 20 at Village Hall.

In the bid request, Carroll said, "the goal is to utilize the latest trends, designs and technologies to redesign the Village of New Lenox's website."

Any plan for the website, according to the bid request, has to be "user-friendly" and appeal to different audiences, including residents, businesses, visitors, community or area employees, village boards and commissions, park and school districts and community organizations. 

Mayor Tim Baldermann added that there are many solid examples of strong community websites. "You don't have to recreate the wheel."

Check out the village's existing website at newlenox.net

For instance, the word that describes the overall look of the website for the City of Wheaton  is formal. It features the city's newsletter and responds to immediate situations or outages due to storms and clean-up efforts in the aftermath. The website also highlights the calendar of events and sheds light on the doings of its board and commission meetings.

An out-of-town visitor, at a glance, tastes a bit of the community's personality and interest in the environmental arena. The city has a campaign called "Turn Wheaton Green," revealing an abundance of tips, insights and perspectives about related issues and activities. The website lists churches, the location of cooling centers and posts news generated for the police department.

On the other hand, the website for the Village of Addison opens up with a picture of the community's marquee. Just beneath is a video link straight into Access Television. The community access channel runs programs 24 hours a day. It directs readers to the village's Facebook page.

"We want it to be more customer friendly, a 24/7 operation," Baldermann said. "People look at (the website) in the off hours. And it has to be a tool."

The cost for revamping the website has not yet been determined. Depending on the results of the RFPs, Carroll said the village might need to phase in the upgrade.

What would you like to see on the village's website? Tell us in the comments below.  

nlretired July 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I'd suggest first keeping up the current one. For example, I checked several times and never did see any notice on the current website that there was a total ban on watering. The only notice was when the ban was lifted. Similarly, I didn't see any mention on Channel 6.
Janice Byrne July 13, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I'd like to see the individual email address for contacting the Mayor and @ Board member. Currently there is only one email listed as going to the Village. During the televised Board meetings, I'll often hear a member say he or she has had heard from individual residents on a certain issue (aside from those comments made at the meetings themselves.) Not having a member for a neighbor and not having members' direct phone numbers, I'd like to use email to contact a member or members when needed. Same for @ department head. Also, the Village has received yearly awards for its excellence in financial reporting. That's great. I'd like to see the Village budget on the website as a mark of transparency in Village financial reporting to its residents.
John Andersen July 13, 2012 at 04:51 AM
That's great. I'd like to see the Village budget on the website as a mark of transparency in Village financial reporting to its residents." LMFAO hahaha good luck, there. It'll go to the brother-in-law

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