An updated city website is more user-friendly and will soon enable residents to pay water bills and other city fees online.
Service Director Nathan Burd said city department heads are "very pleased" with the new website, at ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.
"We know people are checking it out because we are getting more emails than in the past," he said. "We are very excited about it and grateful that we have a good tool for our residents."
Reynoldsburg City Council approved a contract for the redesign of the website by At First Site Inc. last November. The city paid $30,000 for the redesign of the website and will pay $560 a month for two years in support fees.
AFS has designed websites for other local cities and school districts, including Gahanna city and schools.
Burd said Reynoldsburg's website is also more user-friendly for city staff members.
"The nice thing about it is that department heads can update the website daily, so we would encourage people to visit the website frequently," he said. "Just yesterday, we put up two new articles on the service department page."
On that page, residents could learn about solid waste and yard waste disposal, how to obtain a garage sale permit for just $1, a special event permit for $50 (for large functions with amplified noise) or a solicitor's permit for $15.
Online bill payments also will soon be available, Burd said.
He said the IT department and department heads are currently working on pages that will allow residents to register for recreation classes and pay fees and water bills online.
"We are undergoing the process to make that possible," he said. "We think it will be available in the very near future. There are multiple departments involved in making that possible and we will make an announcement as soon as it is available."
The main page of the website lists upcoming city events, such as Community Clean Up Week, which begins with activities scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and continues until June 9 at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St. Volunteer groups, families and individuals are needed to help "give the city a summertime spruce up," according to information on the website.
Visitors may also learn that the city currently has two openings for citizens to serve on the planning commission. Since no more than two members of the commission can be from the same political party, the current openings are for one Independent resident and one registered Republican or two Independents. The commission meets once a month (except for August). Interested individuals may call the clerk of council at 614-322-6805 by Monday, June 3.
On the mayor's page, visitors will learn that the mayor could perform marriage ceremonies at no charge in council chambers. Or that Mayor Brad McCloud is also an attorney licensed to practice in all state and county courts in Ohio as well as in Southern District Federal Court.
Residents may also download documents such as fence permits, rezoning applications and permits for signs on the planning and zoning page.
Burd said he hopes residents will visit the website often to learn more about Reynoldsburg and its departments.
"If you visit the website, you will pretty much learn anything you want to know about the city," he said. "We plan to keep the information as current as possible."