The City of Wauchula is pleased to debut its new website design, along with additional new online services.
Terry Atchley, City Manager, said "For the City, keeping citizens informed and educated on a wide variety of issues is important. One of my main policy initiatives is to preserve an open government forum,” he said. “Our new site, using the Virtual Town Hall web service, will allow us to do that and save money over previous efforts by having the staff do the updating directly. The site includes online access to our municipal code as well as City Commission, Planning & Zoning Board, Code Enforcement and Historic Preservation Board minutes and agendas. It also includes an email subscriber feature which allows us to update residents with emergency bulletins, City News, and agendas via email as soon as the information is on our website. This increases the public’s access to local
government information tremendously.”
The new site will also include a variety of photo galleries for our parks and many of the City staff. “We are a small, friendly community,” said Atchley, “we want citizens to know who we are whenever they need help doing business.”
Olivia Minshew, Assistant City Manager, participated in the design and content development of the initial site. "I was amazed how easy and intuitive it is to use," said Minshew, "to be honest, I was a bit apprehensive because I have no previous experience maintaining any website.”
We encourage you to visit the new site and give us your feedback. The site can be viewed at www.CityOfWauchula.com.
The City selected e-City Services LLC of Winter Springs, Florida to assist in creating the new website design that would better reflect the character of the community, offer additional online services and be easier and less expensive for administrative staff to update.
"We are firm believers in an open approach to government", said Randy Perry, of e-City Services. "A City's website is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our philosophy, with few exceptions, is any information, form or service you can get at City Hall should be available to the public from your website. By making that information available you are instantly increasing the productivity of city staff, while better informing the public of where their tax dollars are being spent."