County launches re­designed govern­ment web­site

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX WHIG STAFF RE­PORT

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ce­cil County govern­ment un­veiled a com­pletely new web­site Mon­day morn­ing hop­ing to lure more users onto the site with its new in­tu­itive de­sign.

The web­site’s de­sign is the re­sult of a team ef­fort over the last 11 months that took a lot of hard work, Ce­cil County Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Scott Mes­neak said Tues­day.

Mes­neak’s de­part­ment worked with Vi­sion In­ter­net, a Cal­i­for­nia-based firm that spe­cial­izes in cre­at­ing govern­ment web­sites, to cre­ate the new site.

Part of Mes­neak’s task was to or­ga­nize a 25-mem­ber com­mit­tee com­prised of county em­ploy­ees from

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each de­part­ment that worked with the con­trac­tor to de­velop a site that was easy for em­ploy­ees and the pub­lic to nav­i­gate, he said, not­ing that County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore also pro­vided com­men­tary through­out the process.

“It was a real com­bi­na­tion of work,” Mes­neak said that en­abled him to flip a switch Sun­day to be­gin the process of go­ing live.

So far, Mes­neak has re­ceived noth­ing but kudos from county em­ploy­ees, but he is look­ing for­ward to re­ac­tion and com­ments from the pub­lic as well.

The new web­site has a cou­ple of ways for the pub­lic to leave com­ments and sug­ges­tions. The pub­lic can go to a “Web­mas­ter” link at the bot­tom of each page or to a “I want to” link at the top of each page to say what they like or don’t like about it.

“We know we’ll need to tweak things here and there, so we’re look­ing for­ward to hear­ing feed­back from the com­mu­nity,” Moore said Tues­day. “One of our goals was to make it user-friendly from in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal per­spec­tives.”

The new look in­cludes much more color, lo­gos and pho­tos through­out.

“The pho­tos were taken by county em­ploy­ees,”

— Those hun­gry for a feast fit for the Seven King­doms are in­vited to join the Friends of the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary for a “Game of Thrones” themed din­ner on Sat­ur­day.

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Mes­neak said.

One fea­ture Mes­neak es­pe­cially likes is the abil­ity for users to en­large the font size on pages to make it eas­ier to read.

“There’s a plus and a mi­nus sign that will change the size when hit,” he said.

The biggest chal­lenge, ac­cord­ing to Mes­neak, was mak­ing sure all the data and site con­tent was

“Win­ter is Com­ing: A Game of Thrones Themed Din­ner” will be held at 6 p.m. on Sat­ur­day at the North East River Yacht Club. Tickets are $60 each and in­clude a four course meal with beer/wine pair­ings. Cos­tumes are en­cour­aged but not re­quired and there will be trivia and games through­out the even­ing.

Some of the Wes­teros­themed din­ner items in­clude Salad Dothraki and Wildling Soup. up- to- date at the time of launch.

“We re­lied and will con­tinue to rely on each de­part­ment up­dat­ing their own in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

The new for­mat makes it much eas­ier to man­age the con­tent than the old for­mat, Mes­neak said.

“I’m anx­ious to see what the pub­lic says about it,” he added.

Friends of the Li­brary to host ‘Game of Thrones’ themed din­ner

Reser­va­tions can be made by call­ing the Yacht Club at 410-287-6333. For more in­for­ma­tion and a full menu, visit the Friends’ web­site at https://goo.gl/twt4Wa.

The Friends of the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary is a non­profit mem­ber­ship group of vol­un­teers who ad­vo­cate, ed­u­cate and raise funds on be­half of the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary. The group fundraises for li­brary ac­tiv­i­ties and ma­te­ri­als not or­di­nar­ily cov­ered un­der the li­brary’s op­er­at­ing bud­get.

COURTESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY

The new Ce­cil County web­site fea­tures a more in­tu­itive de­sign that should be eas­ier for the pub­lic and county staff to use.

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