New Hanover launches new web­site.

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

A bet­ter­in­formed com­mu­nity and more trans­parency into lo­cal gov­ern­ment are the goals Town­ship Man­ager Jaime Gwynn has for New Hanover’s new web­site.

You can check it out for your­self at http://newhanover-pa.org/

The web­site went live on Aug. 28 and that night, Gwynn had the op­por­tu­nity to show it off dur­ing the town­ship su­per­vi­sors’ meet­ing.

“This is my third web­site, and I’ve learned from pre­vi­ous mis­takes. I knew just how I wanted it to look,” Gwynn said after the meet­ing.

He laid out the site and “I think I logged 50 calls to the com­pany that did the cod­ing. I don’t think they like me very much any­more,” he joked.

The fea­ture he is most proud of is the site’s abil­ity to have res­i­dents sign up to re­ceive emer­gency alerts, as well as other kinds of alerts — like for road re­pairs or spe­cial events.

The alerts can come via email or via text to your mo­bile phone.

And, in an ef­fort to pro­mote that fea­ture, Gwynn has teamed up with lo­cal busi­nesses along Swamp Pike to of­fer dis­counts to cus­tomers who can show they’ve signed up for alerts.

For ex­am­ple, those who show their signup to cashiers at Freed’s Su­per Mar­ket can get a 5-per­cent dis­count on their pur­chase; a free pret­zel at Philly Pret­zel Fac­tory; a Wawa voucher or a gift raf­fle card from Com­plete Fam­ily Eye Care.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity as a whole,” Gwynn told the su­per­vi­sors.

It’s also an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to get more in­formed, Gwynn said.

“The whole site is de­signed for ease of nav­i­ga­tion to make it easy to find things like bill lists, tax and bud­get in­for­ma­tion, au­dits. There’s even a share tool, so you can send a link to some­one else, and very soon we’ll in­tro­duce on­line bill pay for sewer bills,” he said.

Sandy Koza, the town­ship’s traf­fic en­gi­neer who saw the site for the first time at the Aug. 28 meet­ing, took it out for a spin and ex­claimed — “every­thing is so easy to find.”

The town­ship has also taken on the her­culean task of putting New Hanover’s many de­vel­op­ment projects on the web­site, but ap­proved and in process. Given that New Hanover is one of the fastest grow­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Mont­gomery County — this is no small thing.

“Ul­ti­mately, it saves time for the staff, be­cause they don’t have to fish out the plan­ning doc­u­ments when some­one comes in; and it makes things eas­ier for res­i­dents to know what’s go­ing on with­out hav­ing to come down to the town­ship build­ing,” said Gwynn.

But noth­ing stays static in the in­for­ma­tion age and Gwynn said he is look­ing for feed­back from the res­i­dents, about what they like or don’t like on the site, on how it can be made even bet­ter.

You can reach him at via email at jg­wynn@newhanover-pa.org or on the tele­phone at 610-3231008. (By the way that in­for­ma­tion was su­per easy to find on the new web­site.)

“There’s even a share tool, so you can send a link to some­one else, and very soon we’ll in­tro­duce on­line bill pay for sewer bills.”

Jamie Gwynn, New Hanover Town­ship Man­ager

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

New Hanover Town­ship Man­ager Jamie Gwynn ex­plores the many fea­tures of the town­ship’s new web­site.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

New Hanover Town­ship’s new web­site went live Aug. 28 and was out­lined for the town­ship su­per­vi­sors.

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