Updated Libertyville Web site draws raves
BY ED COLLINS Special to The News-Sun February 17, 2012 9:08PM
Updated: April 18, 2012 1:52AM
Kudos are being extended to members of the Libertyville’s Special Projects Committee and administrative staff for carrying out a year-long refreshment of the popular village Web site at www.Libertyville.com/.
“We have received numerous compliments about the Web site’s improved graphics and content and we appreciate the interest,” according to Kelly Amidei, assistant village administrator, who spearheaded the effort.
Village Trustee Jim Moran, chairman of the committee and a champion of public transparency who had pushed hard for the upgrade since he joined the board, said he also was very pleased with the results.
“It’s something that we needed to do and I know residents will find helpful,” he said.
Libertyville had originally launched its Web site five years ago, but content then was limited and its graphics were minimal as the village explored this new medium, Moran said.
Over the past few months both committee and staff sketched out plans for improving the Web site by working through its vendor CivicPlus in Manhattan, Kan.
This included adding more color to the site, the infusion of more timely village news content, creation of an agenda center containing a calendar of upcoming board and committee meetings and include past meeting minutes, a roster of staff departments and key contacts, the village zoning code, a shoppers’ guide listing most of the village’s retail enterprises, and the ability to pay village fees by credit card online.
Libertyville also has instituted a Facebook page and Twitter account.
“This is another approach that we are using to inform our citizens about what the village is doing,” Moran said.
As for the next project, the committee wants to expand the ability to broadcast Village Board meetings, Moran indicated. He said rather than pay a vendor hundreds of dollars to produce a broadcast, the committee wants to keep costs down to a minimum by keeping the operation in-house.