Residents will be able to pay utility bills through an improved village website that also will offer better communication with residents, officials said last week.
Village council this week unanimously approved upgrades to the site after a presentation by Dana Akers. The village will pay $699 a month for the first 12 months of service, with a $149 per month fee for every month thereafter.
Akers, an Enon native and head of the Ohio branch of Radiate Digital, said his company will provide the village with a new site that will include new features. Those include a feed of community information such as public notices, emergency information and an events calendar; an ability to pay utilities online; and an online form for reporting concerns and delivering them to the correct departments.
Council member Steve Trout voiced a concern about the current site.
Residents “go on the site for (council meeting) minutes, and they’re over a year old,” he said.
Akers said his company can easily update the website and make it simple for someone else to update the site with meeting minutes, events or notices to residents. The overall goal of the project is to make the website relevant, current and frequently updated with important information for residents.
A majority of the cost of the services by Radiate Digital will come out of the water budget, since the online utility payment will benefit them the most. But Mayor Tim Howard assured that all departments would contribute, even the mayor’s office, since all will benefit from the update to the website.
Chris Lohr, village administrator, assured the council that the deal they’re getting from Radiate Digital is the best they can possibly get. “We’ve looked and heard from over a dozen web development teams,” Lohr said, and he explained that the type of product as well as attentiveness to the development of the page cannot be beaten.
The council also discussed two ordinances. One, established to cut down on hazardous and unsanitary conditions on public walkways created by yard waste, prevents residents from depositing yard waste such as grass clippings or tree trimmings on a public walkway. The council voted unanimously in favor.
The other ordinance discussed would prevent commercial trash pick-up from occurring before 7 a.m. Residents reported that trash pickup would sometimes occur as early as 4 or 5 a.m.
The council will meet again on Oct. 8.