Wright City wants to handle all resident needs through one website

Plus updates on UTV registrations and storm siren replacement

Adam Rollins, Staff Writer
Posted 1/24/22

Wright City is looking to hire a firm to completely revamp the city’s website and give residents a go-to system for accessing city services.

The city has received proposals from three …

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Wright City wants to handle all resident needs through one website

Plus updates on UTV registrations and storm siren replacement

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Wright City is looking to hire a firm to completely revamp the city’s website and give residents a go-to system for accessing city services.

The city has received proposals from three website developers to create a new online system, which were discussed during a Jan. 13 Board of Aldermen meeting.

“Our goal is to have everything be available to the citizens on our website. So they could sign their kids up to play ball and pay for it online, we can run our building inspections through there, people could pay permit fees. We’re trying to put all of that in one place and easily accessible for everyone,” explained Mayor Michelle Heiliger.

The website would also contain detailed information about different city services and ordinances, much of which is available on the city’s current website. Heiliger said the city requested detailed proposals for the cost of every website feature they thought will be useful, and now the board of aldermen will consider which features are worth their costs.

Alderman Ramiz Hakim said another key feature that aldermen want for the website is a community alert function that can send out messages when time-sensitive information needs to get to residents.

“What got us down this road was we want to be more communicative with our citizens, and we need them to be able to register for alerts and communications. So if a water main is out, or if basketball or soccer games are canceled, there’s a way to get them (that information) beyond just social media,” Hakim commented.

OTHER NEWS

Almost ready for UTVs — City Clerk Abbie Ogborn told aldermen that registration decals for UTVs, side-by-sides and other similar vehicles should arrive in January, and that city staff are preparing to schedule their first day of registrations.

Wright City passed an ordinance last year allowing UTVs on city roads, but the UTVs must be registered and meet inspection and safety requirements. Staff have been  organizing  registration procedures and arranging for registration decals to be created and delivered.

Because a large number are expected to register their vehicles right away, city leaders want to make a whole day of initial registrations. A date and location have not yet been finalized for day-one registrations. That information will be announced through the Wright City Facebook page.

Police Chief Tom Canavan also proposed a temporary waiver on unlicensed UTV tickets for people who are driving their vehicles to get them registered.

Storm sirens on the way — New storm sirens to be installed in three locations around Wright City will be installed within a few weeks, said City Administrator Jim Schuchmann. Weather will be a controlling factor in when that happens, as the digging for installation of new poles can’t be done when the ground is frozen, Schuchmann commented.

The city has also coordinated with a radio communications company to install upgrades at the Wright City Police Department, part of a system to send out an automated signal to set off the sirens whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado alert. The system can also be set off manually.

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