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City to launch new website

By Staff | Dec 18, 2009

The city of Rugby will launch a new website next year, replacing the existing one which city officials say is outdated and lacks features that need to be displayed.

The city council earlier this month approved spending $2,700 to GovOffice Web Solutions to build the site and pay for licensing fees to establish a new website. There will also be an annual service agreement with the website manager of $444.

More features

Karla Harmel, city auditor-adminstrator, said the new site could be launched some time next month. In addition to a more modern-looking site, the city will be able to post applications and permits online for users to download and print. This would save residents time in going to City Hall to receive a copy. A web page will be added that lists information about the various city departments and services, including fire and police as well as the public library. Minutes of council meetings can be more promptly posted for the public to view.

Also, the site can be updated daily by staff so city-related news can be displayed quickly. The site can post special emergency meeting times and also notify residents about other breaking news.

The site will also include links to the Geographical Center Chamber or Commerce and Rugby Area Job Development Auhority’s web sites.

Harmel said 39 other North Dakota cities have web sites that GovOffice have designed and the N.D. League of Cities’ site is also from the Minnesota-based company.

Rugby’s current website was first launched in 2003. Several council members said a website is a valuable information tool for the city, and it’s apparent the city must update to one that can provide more features for the public.

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