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