"We really designed this site for people who have no idea about the commission form of government," said Finance Commissioner Ken Ivins at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
As smaller departments are housed under the five major branches of city government, a newcomer to the old site would have to click into the mayor's office before finding the city clerk, for example. The new site makes it easier to browse all departments, and the "How Do I" section has been expanded beyond its previously sparse offering of frequently asked questions.
Those looking to rent space at the Canfield Casino will find an availability calendar a welcome addition, and the staff at the casino will no doubt be appreciative, as well. Other added features include job postings, a collection of downloadable local laws and an advanced search option.
The site is still host to meeting schedules, agendas, minutes and webcast archives. While officials say that most of the bugs have been smoothed out, the public is asked to report any issues they may have with the site through a link on the home page.