Hernando surfers on the World Wide Web may have noticed a new look to its city website, which recently went live.
The web address remains the same, www.cityofhernando.org, but city officials are touting its new enhanced content and features to help residents more easily navigate their way through the site and inquire about city services.
The website upgrade was a proposal of Mayor Tom Ferguson, who since his election in 2017 has sought to have the city’s portal on the internet be given a fresh, new look.
Among the new features is “Responsive Design,” which makes services more accessible to the public on smart devices.
“We want our citizens to have a good experience when they connect with us online,” said Ferguson.
Residents will be able to find the meeting schedule and meeting minutes of the Board of Aldermen under the “Our City” tab. A ward map and voting sites as well as contact information for each elected city official is available.
The new design allows for ease of access from desktop, laptop, tablet and smart phone devices. Information about job opportunities, garbage and recycling information, city utilities, and the ability to contact local government is also listed.
Residents will be able to go to the website to see items specific to their interests, said Community Development Director Gia Matheny.
“We receive inquiries from the public about street closures and events taking place in the downtown,” Matheny noted. “The link provides an opportunity for the organization hosting the event to list the details which are visible to the public. As long as the organization submits the request online the public can view the event information.”
Citizens will also have access to news releases, city alerts, meeting notifications and garbage pickup schedules.
They may also use a “Report a Concern” link, where they may be able to report city concerns and get an email notification when the request has been addressed and completed.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.