BRIGHTON — A redesigned city website went live Oct. 1. The redesign includes a number of additions that will make the website more user friendly for Brighton residents.
During city council’s Sept. 24 study session, city spokeswoman Kristen Chernosky showed council some of the new or more prominently displayed features on the website. Residents will be able to sign up for email or text message alerts from the city, report a concern, pay their utility bill online, provide feedback to the city and look at a photo gallery from city events.
Chernosky said it has been a number of years since the city’s website has been redesigned and that it’s gotten cluttered and hard to navigate over the years. She said the city explored their options and decided to go with a different vendor.
“Our focus was really to make it easy for our residents to find the information that they need quickly, and not necessarily set up how we understand things,” she said. “So it was really driven by what’s going to make the most sense to our residents.”
Chernosky pointed out two new options that will appear on the website – “community voice” and “notify me.” She said the “community voice” option allows residents to give feedback on different topics and have conversations with other residents as well as city staff. She said the “notify me” option will allow people to sign up for email or text message alerts and choose which kind of alerts they would like to receive.
A website for arts, culture and tourism has gone live at www.brightoncoarts.org, where residents will be able to find what events are happening in the city, learn about the city’s art and cultural offerings, get to know Brighton and look at a photo gallery.
The redesign of the city’s website was approved by council for the 2013 budget year while the Arts and Culture website was paid for through lodging tax dollars.
In other business:
— Council learned about the Utility Department’s new business plan from Jack Bryck and Andrew Rheem of the ARCADIS consulting firm. The plan addressed short-term and long-term needs of the department, with the most-critical needs of 2014 focused on funding for infrastructure projects, exploring sources of revenue and using existing financial policies effectively, investing in future water resources and investing in future utilities staff. The plan will be adopted at a future board meeting.
— Finance Director Dan Frelund provided council with a financial report for the month of August. City Manager Manuel Esquibel said they would like to get in the habit of providing council with monthly monitoring reports.
— Council was set to look at extending its incentive agreement with TransWest during the Oct. 1 meeting.