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By LYNDON GERMAN
Feb 2, 2017, 16:13
SCREEN CAPTURE/Chai Gallahun: Another screen capture of the website. Iconic images of Hopewell are featured in a slide show as one surfs the different pages.
HOPEWELL — According to the city of Hopewell’s government calendar the initial launch of the City’s website was to be on Jan. 17. Although the fabrication and design of the website has taken longer than expected, it seems like the website has finished buffering and will appear in the near future.
Website Committee members Terry Burd, (Hopewell’s information technology director) and Herbert Bragg (of Hopewell intergovernmental public affairs), affirmed this information. Though it is a great feat, there will be no great celebration to go along with the eventual launch.
The new website has features which should provide easy access to city administration contact information, news about what’s happening in Hopewell, a community calendar and a comment system for active residents.
In the future, Flyod Lark Hopewell’s web/social media coordinator, hopes to add features like the live streaming of Hopewell City Council meetings, videos of special events, up-to-date laws and budget information and much more.
Burd claimed the committee will meet a final time to review every page of the site before it launches, ensuring everything is in order. The newsroom reached Lark for a statement, and he referred it to Bragg. He issued the following statement:
“As a member of the City’s website committee, I’m excited about the launch date and new redesign of a first class professional government website. I’m particularity grateful that the City has in its ranks a professional of Mr. Floyd Lark’s qualities, expertise and capabilities in web design and development.
“The new site will be of immense benefit to citizens of Hopewell and others. The city’s website is another form of communication as well as our Facebook page to keep our citizens informed and abreast of what’s happening in local municipal government.
“The new redesigned website will be more cohesive, informative, interactive and easier to navigate. For example, citizens will be able to access City council meetings, agendas, minutes, government services, events and activities to include a community and government calendar, weather, alerts and a wide variety of other important information.
“The site will only continue to improve. I want to thank all the department heads, agencies heads and of course the website committee members that have worked tireless on this important project. Vice Mayor Jasmine Gore, Terry Burd, IT Director, Debbie Pershing, Senior Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Ronnieye Arrington, Senior Execute Assistant, Floyd Lark, Webmaster/Social Media Coordinator and Herbert Bragg, Director, Intergovernmental & Public Affairs.”
Although the site seems to be on the right track it’s also been through a period of delays. At the time of writing this article transferring the new website to the city’s official URL, (http://hopewellva.gov./) has not yet occurred. The new website is still hosted on the URL http://hopewellva.sitevision.com/.