Evolution of the Highlandsnj.us site:
At the last council meeting the website committee gave its findings and recommendations on a new website. To see the full report click here
The reports critiques Highlands against Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Chattanoogas, and Manchester UK town sites.
According to the website committee
“Our next steps are to work together (with Tim Hill) to put together an RFP that combines all the results outlined in the report and then present that to the council and mayor. We’re looking to have that ready, barring any major bumps in the road, by mid-January.”
I think the following sums up our current web site:
Wanted: Planning Board Member & Web Site Committee Members. Any interested residents can fill out a resident ‘Citizen Leadership form‘
Planning Board meets 1 x a month on Thursdays.
Web Site Committee members will meet 1 x a month date TBD.
If anyone wonders *why* we might need a web site committee, for one reason just look at this:
The Monmouth University Polling Institute and Graduate Program in Public Policy announced the results of their New Jersey E-Government Municipal Website Evaluation today. The project assessed 540 municipal websites in New Jersey for both content and ease of use. The Highlands Borough ranked 361 out of 540.
“Websites are probably the single most important tool for citizens to find local information. According to a poll we conducted in 2011, Garden State residents are far more likely to visit a municipal website than to call or write a town official,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The project evaluated each website for the inclusion of 86 separate content items in four categories:
Information for citizens
Online government services
The research team also assessed each municipal website for “ease of use” in finding four key pieces of information: mayor’s or mayor-equivalent’s contact information, building permit form or information, municipal budget, and trash/recycling information. Ease of use was determined by the amount of time it took to locate each piece of information on the website.
To put things in perspective: Middletown was rankest #1, Atlantic Highlands was ranked 181, Sea Bright was ranked 260, Rumson was ranked 121.
To see the full report Click Here