The Municipality of North Grenville is pleased to announce the launch of a new website for the Municipality.
“As a Council, we are committed to continually improving the communication between the Municipality and our constituents and the launch of the new, improved Municipal website is exciting as it represents another step in that direction,” noted Mayor David Gordon.
The new website, which retains the address of www.northgrenville.ca, was designed with a few goals in mind including a clean and simple appearance, ease of navigation and content and functionality that was driven by the needs of the end users – residents, businesses, investors and visitors.
“Website technology and how people use websites has changed significantly since the Municipal site was first developed in 2008,” noted Katie Valentin, Deputy Clerk/Communications Coordinator. “The previous website had lots of good content and we are pleased to be able to provide that information in a more user-friendly and accessible manner through the use of many of these new technological developments.”
The new website has a number of new features such as the ability to submit a service request, an event calendar that can be sorted by event type, a document library that contains many Municipal forms, reports and other documentation and, coming in the spring, the ability to pay property tax and water bills by credit card online. The site is also designed to be responsive so that it is easy to view on any type of device including smart phones and tablets. In addition, the new website meets the accessibility standards required by the Province of Ontario and includes accessibility features such as a screen reader and the ability to change font size and contrast.
“We encourage everyone to visit the new site often to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the Municipality and we welcome feedback from users on what they like about the new site and what improvements could still be made,” advised Ms. Valentin.
The development of a new website was approved in the 2015 budget as part of Council’s commitment to improving communication, openness and transparency. Following a competitive process in the spring of 2015, the project was awarded to TD Graham & Associates working in partnership with Probase Web, both of whom are local businesses.