LOWVILLE — Lewis County’s new website is up and running, with an official launch soon to be forthcoming.
“I’m really proud of the final results,” County Manager Ryan M. Piche said.
Adam P. Zehr, the county’s information technology director, during a legislative committee meeting Monday said the new site — accessed at www.lewiscounty.org — was put online earlier this month to allow for internal comments and suggestions. “All the departments have looked at it,” he said.
With that taken care of, the plan is to send out a press release in the coming days officially announcing the switch to the new, revamped site, Mr. Zehr said.
Mr. Piche credited information technology staff for meeting all the goals of the project and saving taxpayers money by handling it in-house.
“I would just encourage residents to check it out and give us feedback,” he said. “That’s what we want.”
The intent of the project was to create a site that is more attractive and user-friendly and make information easier to find by more prominently featuring information like taxes, property records and sales, job openings and upcoming Civil Service exams that are heavily accessed, Mr. Zehr has said.
The home page features three rotating panoramic photos that offer links to a comment page and the Naturally Lewis and Adirondacks-Tug Hill Region websites, respectively.
It also includes links to four major information areas: legislative, social service, county clerk and real property.
The new website is designed for optimal display on smartphones and will give county departments more opportunities to create and manage their own web pages, Mr. Zehr has said.
County officials said the upgrade is certainly warranted, as the old website at www.lewiscountyny.org has seen no major overhauls since it was created about 15 years ago.