The City of Lowell unveiled a new website within the last month. It offers information about boards and commissions, permit forms, and ways to communicate with various members of city staff. The new site has a more modern look with menus organized for ease of finding needed information.
Visitor Needs Made Easy
Over the past few months, final tweaks have been made to the City’s new webpage. “ It is finally up and there are some neat features.” says City Manager Mike Burns. City Council and Police Department photos can be found on the new site. There are still some sections where information is needed, however the main functionality of the site is intact.
The homepage displays a calendar with a list of upcoming events. Additionally, recent News & Updates are available. Four main menus allow visitors to navigate to sections of the site without having to hunt for information under categories titled Government,Departments, Residents, and How Do I.
The ability to see City Council meeting agendas, packets, minutes, and YouTube videos appears on one page and updated with current information. Previously, links to recordings of meetings were found on a separate page. Online bill pay allows customers to pay utility bills with a few clicks.
The How Do I section of the site offers information on how to pay specific bills, apply for permits, report issues, and get general information about a variety of topics. Through a Citizen Request Form, residents can send a message to the city, directed to the appropriate department based on need. And the Police Department has their own section, which provides information on services the department offers.
One big difference with the new site is the ability to find permit applications online. They can be printed off and submitted to City Hall upon completion. Applications can be found online for permits including variances, zoning, signs, and site plan review. Burns hopes in time applications will be able to be submitted online as well but indicates that option is still a ways off.
Visit http://www.lowellmi.gov/ to see what changes have been made to the new and improved City of Lowell website.