New website allows for easier updates for Hettinger County

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor

Hettinger County has a new website. Launched in June, Hettinger County Job Development Authority Executive Director Aryn Hansen continues to add features to the new site.

“There’s so much more I want to add to it,” she said.

They made the switch to the new site——in part because of the controllability the new site affords.

If they wanted to make a change to the old site, the county would need to call their web provider and instruct them of the changes, which would inevitably incur cost.

Now, Hansen said they have complete control and can make the changes themselves. Which not only saves money, but also allows the changes to be almost instantaneous.

For now, the site provides various county information, and includes a section on the Brady Wind II project happening north of New England.

On the right site of the homepage, a calendar is available to where dates and times of events and county meetings can be found.

Hansen thinks the new site is easier to navigate, which is one of the biggest differences from the old one.

The hope is that it becomes more interactive, while providing residents services to make their lives easier, such as bill pay.

“We’re taking it one step at a time,” Hansen said. “Small baby steps, and [we] try to add information as we go.”

Hansen, who manages the site, said she is constantly building on what was launched in June. She even envisions a mobile app in the future.

Some of the other changes she would like to see would be a section for city council meeting agendas, a spot for emergency notifications and an area that can keep the county updated on ongoing situations like the fire level index.

She also said that she will continue to meet with different county organizations to talk about what they would like to see added for their particular group.

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