FRONTENAC — The City of Frontenac officially launched its new website Monday.
The city has been working the past few months to put the website together, along with other updates aimed at increasing the flow of information between the city and residents. The city had ownership of the www.frontenacks.net domain, but had not previously used it.
City Administrator Brad Reams said the city hopes to increase communication with the website.
“One of the biggest mistakes city governments make is not communicating effectively with citizens,” he said. “My hope is that this is something, technology wise, that will help us disseminate information effectively.”
The city also launched Twitter and Facebook accounts in conjunction with the new website.
Reams said he hopes the website will also increase transparency. In that vein, the city has also created official email address for council members to discuss city business and created business cards for all council members with their contact information.
“We’re hoping to spur more conversation in town, and the business cards and council member information on the website will help people know who to talk to,” Reams said. “We want information right from the horse’s mouth to the citizens.”
Along with spurring more conversation, the city is planning to launch an interdepartmental plan in January. The city plans to go ward to ward and address public works and public safety concerns, and council members will be looking for those concerns from citizens over the next few months.
“We’re talking to folks now to see where lighting issues, potholes, safety issues and other problems are present,” Reams said. “Once we have the plan in place, each ward will see about three weeks of work.”
The city also hopes the plan will shed light on larger projects. The city won’t be able to fix larger issues in each ward’s three-week period, but learning about them will help the city plan and prioritize when making a capital improvements plan for the future.
“We hope it brings out larger issues that we can look at remedying,” Reams said. “As we hear about those issues, we can make them a part of our CIP.”
The new city website can be viewed at www.frontenacks.net.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.