|County launches new website|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
A website containing everything from commissioners minutes to rental forms was recently launched and unveiled by Phillips County.
Just about everything anyone would need to know about the county is now available at www.colorado.gov/phillipscounty.
It’s a good source of information about the services Phillips County provides, said Laura Schroetlin, administrative support for Phillips County. This is just another way for the county to truly be an open government and be more accessible to the public.
County administrator Randy Schafer said they have been thinking about a website for about four years, but until now they didn’t find a good solution for building and maintaining a website.
Phillips County is now a part of the colorado.gov portal, the gateway to Colorado government. It’s a place where the public intersects with Colorado governments, allowing an efficient way for users to reach multiple levels of government online.
Governmental entities, like Phillips County, are utilizing this free service from the state. Several years ago, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority was created by Colorado legislature to provide efficient and effective e-Government services using modern business practices and innovative technology. SIPA oversees the colorado.gov portal.
Phillips County’s new website, www.colorado.gov/phillipscounty, is part of a web portal for Colorado governments. Everything from contact information and rental forms to the county budget and department questions can be found on the website.
After some training, Schroetlin was able to start building Phillips County’s website using a content management system. This allowed her to easily create the website without needing much knowledge about web programming.
A few of the county departments had some presence on the web in the past, but now everything is easily located in one place.
Email addresses and phone numbers for county officials and employees can be found on the website, and a calendar highlights upcoming county events and meetings.
Forms and fees for things like Event Center and Harvest Park rentals can be filled out and paid online.
Credit cards and electronic checks can now be used both online and at the courthouse. County residents can even pay their taxes on the website.
The “How Do I” section has up-to-date information about how to register to vote or how to get a driver’s license.
The website will also be a great resource for new people moving to the communities, as it highlights the schools, hospitals, libraries, airports and other local services.
Schroetlin will be continually updating the website with current information. The county is not limited by the size of the website, so they can continue to add more pages as the need arises.
Phillips County also has a Facebook page now. Comments can be left there or on the website, and Schroetlin encourages people to let them know what they think about the new website.
Holyoke Enterprise May 31, 2012