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This photo shows the City of Emporia’s new website launched last month.

When William Johnson came aboard as the new city manager in September, one of his goals was to have a new user-friendly website. Last week that became a reality when the City launched its new website on July 17.

“Each department can now manage their page,” Johnson said. “If they need to make changes on the fly they have that ability and will not have to wait on one individual.”

The website will allow city departments to handle interdepartmental issues and will also allow citizens to sign up for email alerts for information regarding employment, city meetings and the agenda and minutes of such meetings. Johnson said city news and events will also be a part of the website.

He said the search engine works better than the previous search engine used on the city website and it will be good for visitors and staff. For those signing up for the email alerts, they will find a similar system to the city’s CodeRed emergency alert system. Johnson said he would not only like to see city residents sign up for the city’s email alert system, but that he would like to see residents take advantage of the CodeRed emergency alerts.

“When things happen we’ve used it several times,” he said. “On York Dr. it addressed some repair work being done a lot of citizens didn’t know about. We will be using it a lot more to get the information out to our citizens.”

Councilmen Jim Saunders and Clifton Threat said the city’s new website might also help with public service notices. Though public service notices are available in other forms, including the Independent-Messenger, there are citizens that don’t know of changes until it impacts them. Threat said he ran into some angry people when the trash schedule changed during the July 4 holiday and they were unaware of the change. Threat said and he and Council member Yolanda Hines used their Facebook pages to let people know about a water main break behind Spivey’s and it seemed to calm many people. The City of Emporia website is http://www.ci.emporia.va.us