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Improved website needed

Published 8:36pm Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Chilton County Commission’s realization that the county website should be improved was the first step toward improving it.

The commission took that step at its meeting Monday when it tabled a decision about renewing a contract with Racon Marketing Group for maintenance of the site, chiltoncounty.org.

We hope the commission doesn’t stop here.

The website could be, and should be, a valuable resource for county residents looking for information about taxes and police business, among other subjects. Instead, the site has become stale: the information contained on it rarely changes and is often out of date.

If people don’t see the site as worthwhile, they won’t use it, and that makes paying $150 a month for the site a waste of money.

The contract coming up for renewal is an opportunity for the commission to provide a better service to the county. The commission should request Racon demonstrate what it will do to improve the site over the coming months. If Racon can’t provide a plan, the commission should look elsewhere.

As people come to rely more and more on obtaining information online, Chilton County should have a website that meets its needs. The current site does not do so, but the commission has a chance now to do something about that.

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  • angieid

    I agree that the website for chilton county needs some serious updating and better functionality. i have visited the site a few times but it does seem to be void of any real major helpful information. i would also like to see our sheriff’s department open a website similar to shelby county sheriff’s office. you can find an example of what im talking about at http://www.shelbyso.com . it has a listing of currently incarcerated and released in the past 30 day inmates as well as what charges they were held under, a dispatch log of police response in the county and a listing of people who are wanted by the police for various warrants. this kind of information would help those of us who would like to take a proactive approach to helping to curb crime in our communities. Please if you pay attention to nothing else ive said, bring this county up to date with current trends for online interaction. thank you.

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  • 1oldman

    I tend to agree, not very long ago, I had some information I wanted to pass on the the S.O. and never could find a way to send it on by computer, and thats where it was.

    Maybe the C.A. will pay heed, and see if they can’t get this rag up to speed, even if it is an electronic version.

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