MONTICELLO — A new, revamped website for the city is on the way, and should be active within two months.
The city council this week approved a contract with Kansas-based Civic Plus to design and maintain http://www.cityofmonticello.net . Features of the town's second website — http://www.MonticelloEnews.com  — will be included in the new site.
Callie McFarland, Monticello's director of community development, hopes the new site will be more user friendly. She told council members it would include automatic text and email alerts for boil orders and other breaking information.
"In this age of social media, people are waiting for information to come to them, not the other way around," said McFarland. "This is a more aggressive effort in getting information out."
The new site, which will cost $4,800 to design and $2,160 a year to maintain, also includes a searchable archive center for meeting minutes and other documents, a calendar of events, news and announcements, and a dashboard that can be organized according to individual user preferences.