The city hopes a new electronic newsletter will help it reach more residents.
The newsletter will give readers daily updates on city news. It will feature an online poll allowing readers to weigh in on some of the city's more controversial issues.
At tonight's City Council meeting, staff members will give a presentation on the newly developed newsletter.
The newsletter, which started this month, has been in the works since November and was done in-house with no outside costs. Information Systems Manager Kent Morrison said the newsletter cost city staff time and used technology equipment provided through the building of Centennial Hall and the Beanpole Project. The software was free and no outside consultants were used.
The technology used to create the newsletter most likely will be shared with other municipalities and counties, Morrison said.
The Web site will be updated daily.
Residents also can subscribe for a monthly newsletter to be e-mailed to them. Morrison described the monthly newsletter as lean-text e-mail that would be fast to upload.
City Manager Paul Hughes said the newsletter allows the city to update residents throughout the day on issues such as street closures or special events. The newsletter also would give the city room to explain complicated and controversial issues.
"Basically, we can speak to the public on a daily basis," Hughes said.
Personnel from each of the city's departments are in charge of writing and publishing news items that occur in their areas.
The city has maintained its Web site for more than five years and started its CityLink site last year, but this is the first time that Web users can receive daily updates on city happenings.
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