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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The City of Tahlequah launched its new website on March 1. The new site is a long-time coming according to City employees and elected officials.
“I’ve known for a long time that we were in need of a new website and I think other city officials have known that too. The previous site was not user friendly and lacked the movability that the new one has,” said Mayor Jason Nichols. “Not to mention the additional options we’ll have soon in regards to booking and making online payments for our rentals. This is a great investment in our city.”
City Councilor Stephen Highers said he’s excited for the reformatting of the new website.
“This is a great tool for residents. The website is a new, modern, easy to use and accessible "face" to their city government that provides some great transparency features like easier access to what is happening within their city government,” said Highers. “Now they can find up-to-date, easily accessible agendas, minutes and video of our council meetings as well as other important boards and commission pertaining to city business. I look forward to following the website's progress as it continues to improve.”
The City Council voted to approve the new website in June last year. The new site includes options for online employment applications, a recreation module for booking rentals and paying for those online as well as an emergency notification system that residents can sign up for.
"From a PR standpoint, if you're like me, and you're going to visit a place that you have never been to or planning to open a business in a location you're not familiar with, you do your homework," said Jami Murphy, Tahlequah public relations specialist. "This website will make it easier for residents and visitors to become involved in our city government and its services.”
Murphy added that putting this site together was a lot of work from all departments within the city. Every department had a hand in creating its site, she said.
“Personally, I’ll never be satisfied with the site because there will always something valuable to add to it, but we will continue to update and make tweaks here and there,” she added. “Currently, the human resources application process is running and Civic Ready, the emergency notification system, is available for residents to sign up for. And we’re finalizing banking information for our recreation module and hope to have that up soon.”
To visit the site go to www.cityoftahlequah.com. For questions or concerns email Murphy at email@example.com.