Dickinson's city website will receive new look
The City of Dickinson met Tuesday to discuss its new website, City Hall and Giving Hearts Day.
The City of Dickinson is getting not only a new facelift with its new City Hall location, but an updated website as well. Information Technology Manager Aaron Meyer provided a review of what the new website entails during this week’s Dickinson City Commission meeting.
For the first time this year, the City of Dickinson held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at City Hall — which will soon be relocated later this month to the new location at the former American Bank Center building. Meyer noted that the city’s website is scheduled to go live anywhere between mid to late January.
“Your new homepage is very search oriented. We did away with a lot of the menu system to simplify it for our citizens as well as bring that information out on what’s more used,” Meyer said, adding, “We also designed (it as) more portal-based. So for instance, the government portal — (which) I just have a small snapshot of each of these pages — focuses on elected officials, but also focuses on city code, the uncodified ordinances, news related to government function.”
Meyer noted that the website designers also took the city’s Meetings and Minutes page and simplified it by having all of the various boards on the main menu page and organized each item accordingly. The new website eliminated some of the Microsoft OneNote files that were confusing to some residents. Instead, the current agenda is now laid out in PDF form so it is optimal on any device, he added.
“We did leave the past agendas in the OneNote format, but we also do post it in PDF format as well. Keep it nice and simple for them,” he said.
Each of the different headings on the main resident portal goes to a different portal, Meyer said, explaining that the designers took the main highlights of what a person in that perspective would be looking for and landed them on these pages, such as events, ways to get involved, city dashboards and utility bill payment options.
One of the biggest changes to the new website is the city dashboards, Meyer said. For example, one of the dashboards will have a spot for the Dickinson Police Department and it will input daily crime statistics happening in the area as well as the amount of criminal arrests. Other dashboards that will update daily include permitting, property assessment, utility billing and solid waste.
Meyer added that the new website will be fairly mobile friendly for residents.
The new website will come in right around the same time the City of Dickinson heads to its new location , beginning Jan. 24, at 38 First St. W. The following city services will be accessible at the new location and no longer available at the current location on Second Street: administration assessing, building and codes, city court, engineering, finance, human resources, information technology, planning, safety and utility billing.
Dickinson Municipal Court and Utility Drop Boxes will remain at 99 Second St. E. for the duration of the Dickinson Town Square project, at which time they will move to the alley to the east of the new City Hall location.
In other city business, the Dickinson City Commission also approved a proclamation for Giving Hearts Day, which will take place Feb. 10.