June 11, 2008

Rating the city's websites, part 2

Today, I figured it's time to go right to the top and take a look at Mayor Art Ward's city website.
First off, let's give the city credit for making sure that the page doesn't still tout Bill Stortz. At least someone updated it after Ward won the election.
And what a stellar picture of the new mayor, too! He's not going to win the Mr. America contest with that shot.
From the "Your Tax Dollars At Work" section to the right of the mayor's pictures, we learn that "Relocation of the Centre Mall tenants is almost complete and the demolition of the building is being addressed."
Yup, it sure is.
Over to the left are some little boxes to click on for more. At the top is "Mayor's Message." I couldn't wait to find out what the mayor had to say so I clicked on it. Unfortunately, the only thing I got was "THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION."
Disappointed, I tried the next box, labeled "Press releases." I wondered what I would find since I don't remember getting much in the way of press releases from Ward, which is fine by me. It turns out, though, that the only press releases on the site were issued by Stortz. This isn't a bad thing, of course, but Frank Johnson and perhaps Stortz are the only people I can think of who might enjoy browsing through them.
Below that is a link for contacting council members. I wondered what blasts from the past might show up, but what I got was an up-to-date PDF with the council's street addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. Bravo for that.
Underneath the council links is a "Downtown Update" that contains ... pictures of the mall coming down! It's too bad that the mayor's home page didn't catch that fact, but at least it's there somewhere.
The mayor's photo gallery, the only other thing on the site, has just one shot, of some cold-looking officials, including Ward, surrounded by children at the holiday parade.
So that's that. I'll be kind and give the mayor's website a C, but that's only because the average municipal website is awful.
Grades to date:
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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank God for Art Ward. He is moving Bristol FORWARD!

Anonymous said...

Nice picture, Art.

former Republican activist said...

Art you are the pride of Bristol. I'm so happy you're the mayor!

But I'm even more happy that Nicastro and Minor were re-elected!

5th generation Bristol resident said...

Ward is doing an outstanding job.

former GOP activist said...

Alan, Paul & Co. have been tweaking that website for years I would imagine. None the less, Alan Weiner, Paul S. and Ray R. do an outstanding job.

Kudos to Land Use! I'd love to work with you guys any time!

Anonymous said...

I agree 5th!

Anonymous said...

stop sucking up, 5th generation.

5th generation Bristol resident said...

I'm not sucking up. I'm supporting my 2nd favorite Bristol Democrat Art Ward (my first is Frank of course) and my good pal Mike P.

I'll be talking to one of those guys about a sign in '09 and I have a few other locations in the 'hood as well!

5th generation Bristol resident said...

I'd like to add that's it's a cheap shot to be critical about Ward's attention to this website. Most guys from his generation don't think too much about these things. Remember the Apollo astronauts used slide-rulers and scrap paper not calculators during their endeavors. We need a guy like Ward who has common sense in the mayoral office, not a computer geek who plays with his website all day long.

Anonymous said...

Ward doesn't care about the website because he knows most veterans don't know how to use the internet, so it doesn't matter to him.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention the great info about the Roberts Property - who is responsible for that?

Also - give credit where it's due - Weiners assistant planner takes care of the Land Use site, not him.

Anonymous said...

Art really does need to change that picture. He's no beauty queen, but he looks better than that. This photo makes him look positively Stortz-esq!

Anonymous said...

Maybe that is his intention.

Anonymous said...

Who is in charge of the Mayor's website?

Anonymous said...

June 12, 2008 6:36 AM:

Who's the assitant Planner?

We don't have an Assistant Planner!

Anonymous said...

City Planner Alan Weiner, as quoted on this blog last week: "Largely through Kacie's [Kacie Costello, the assistant planner] hard work (and Web savvy), we strive to keep the site comprehensive, timely, informative, and user-friendly to everyone who uses it."

Anonymous said...

June 12, 2008 10:08 PM;

Nothin' like bein' "web savvy".

whatever.

Anonymous said...

Does Ward dye his hair?

Anonymous said...

? - 11:51am - is your one fang natural or do you color it yellow?

Anonymous said...

But does he???