Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2004

City to be online

March 11, 2004

With a few more tweaks, the city of De Soto will be online.
De Soto planning coordinator Kim Gordanier said and the site's host, CyTek, were attempting to work out final glitches to get the site running. Gordanier, has spent the last designing the site, said the site could be online by week's end.
On functional, residents can access the Web site at Once there, they will have access to an exhaustive list of information, including:
¢ De Soto City Council and Planning Commission minutes and agendas since January 2003.
¢ Updated project lists for all city departments.
¢ City ordinances, codes and regulations.
¢ Street, utility, planning and zoning maps.
¢ Public notices.
¢ Links to other Web sites of interest, including the school district, De Soto Chamber of Commerce and Johnson County.
"I think it's going to provide residents another opportunity to get information they only get at City Hall," City Administrator Greg Johnson said. "That information is now available from home, 24 hours a day."
The site's home page currently displays information about the De Soto Parks and Recreation Department. But Gordanier said information featured on the home page would change.
The city also reached out to new and potential residents with a new resident file with information about utility connections, schools, and other information helpful to those unfamiliar with De Soto, Gordanier said.
About a year's worth of effort went into getting the Web site online with a final push coming the last three months., Gordanier said.
"Planning applications slow down in winter so I was able to make a lot of progress," she said.
Software was purchased last summer, and Gordanier took a class on Web page design the Mid American Regional Council offered municipalities and local governments, she said.
"Planning applications slow down in winter so I was able to make a lot of progress," she said.
Although she was happy with the results, Gordanier said the site was a work in progress. Her goal was to update the site so Internet users could complete forms electronically.
"We're consistently adding content, but I think we have a really good start," she said.

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