Austin rolls out redesigned website

Austin city administrator Craig Clarke goes through the new Austin city website from his office. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin city administrator Craig Clarke goes through the new Austin city website from his office. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Looking for a way to submit a complaint to the city of Austin? What about a building permit?

The city of Austin has redesigned and quietly rolled out a new website to help residents find more information and better represent the city.

“We’ve made some good strides forward,” City Administrator Craig Clark said.

The Austin City Council made a website redesign one of its 2014 goals as council members and city staff want to use the website to better communicate with residents.

To that end, the redesigned site includes more information and more prominent links to resources. The city even included a new “I Want To…” feature where residents can navigate the site based on commonly asked questions.

Residents can still get the same information — such as city council agendas — as before, but Clark said users can do more with the city’s website such as watch previous city council meetings.

“What we’ve tried to do is translate the business of the city, tried to make it more web-based,” Clark said.

The council sought website redesign bids over the summer and awarded a contract to local independent contractor Theresa Tucker in August. Tucker built the redesigned website for $8,500.

Clark encouraged residents to give the city feedback on the website and let city staff know about other functions the website should have.

To visit the city’s website, go to www.ci.austin.mn.us

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