New Grosse Pointe Farms website to go live in October

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 22, 2020

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A new website for Grosse Pointe Farms will be rolled out soon.

During a Sept. 14 Farms City Council meeting held via Zoom, Assistant City Manager/City Clerk Derrick Kozicki said the new site — approved by the Farms City Council in January — should be going live in “early to mid-October.” The process of creating the new site — which was undertaken by Troy-based website developer Revize — started in March, Kozicki said.

Revize has worked on many municipal websites, including recent new sites for Grosse Pointe City and Grosse Pointe Park. Earlier this year, City Manager Shane Reeside told the council that Revize and its staff were “clearly the leaders in this field” of municipal website design.

Among their goals for the new site were Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and enhanced security, Kozicki said.

“We wanted a contemporary design but also something that reflected the values of Grosse Pointe Farms,” Kozicki said. “Most importantly, we wanted to make sure our website facilitated citizen engagement.”

Besides being able to post alerts, he said residents will be able to sign up online to receive those directly.

City Council members Neil Sroka and Beth Konrad-Wilberding sit on the Communications Committee, which worked with administrators on the new website.

“For the most part, the final project looks wonderful,” Konrad-Wilberding said. “It will be a great (asset) for our residents.”

Sroka said the new site will be easier to update.

“This will make it a lot easier to get information out there,” Sroka said. “The website will be a lot more reflective of (the latest news).”

Kozicki said images and text can be updated by administrators at any time.

Mayor Louis Theros said the new site “looks great,” and other elected officials echoed that sentiment.

“It looks very modern and clean,” City Councilman Lev Wood said.

The city’s last website overhaul was announced in 2012; the new site went live in May 2013.