New, more user-friendly Grosse Pointe Farms website goes live

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 27, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Visitors to Grosse Pointe Farms’ municipal website in recent weeks have no doubt noticed some big changes.

Assistant City Manager/City Clerk Derrick Kozicki said the Farms Communications Committee met the first week in February and decided it was ready to go live with the city’s new website. The website was redesigned by Troy-based website developer Revize. The company has worked on many municipal websites, including recent new sites for Grosse Pointe City and Grosse Pointe Park.

Kozicki announced the launch of the revised site during a Feb. 8 Farms City Council meeting on Zoom.

Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and enhanced security were among the goals Farms officials wanted to accomplish with their new website, along with a more contemporary design that would facilitate resident engagement.

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

“I think the (new) website is an improvement,” Konrad-Wilberding said. “I think it’s going to be far more user friendly.”

The site has been in the works for some time. The council approved a contract with Revize in January 2020, and Revize started working on the website in March. As with so many other initiatives, the COVID-19 pandemic threw the process off schedule; the website had formerly been slated to go live in October.

“It took a little bit longer than we expected, but the results speak for themselves,” Sroka said.

He praised administrators for their work over roughly the last year and a half. Sroka said one of their aims was to “make it very easy” for residents to sign up for Nixle emergency alerts, among other interactive features.

“Of course, this is going to be a work in progress, and that’s intentional,” Kozicki said.

He said they plan to review “every inch of the site all the time” to look for ways to make more improvements and continue to add content.

Mayor Louis Theros said he was very happy with the new design.

“Thanks to everyone involved,” Theros said. “It looks great.”

The new website is now online in place of the former website, at www.grossepointefarms.org.

 

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