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Tom Kadla, chief administrative officer, checks out Lumby’s new website at www.lumby.ca - Greta Helin photo
Tom Kadla, chief administrative officer, checks out Lumby’s new website at www.lumby.ca
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GRETA HELIN

Special To The Morning Star

Lumby is interactive and online.

The community’s new user-friendly website — www.lumby.ca — means residents can report a street light outage or that annoying pothole. Any time day or night and weekends, instead of stewing away in fumes from a noisy muffler, residents can read the pertinent bylaw information and file a report.

“Council wants to be more transparent and make municipal information more readily available to the residents,” said Tom Kadla, chief administrative officer.

“Anything council adopts Monday night is readily uploaded and appears Tuesday on the website.”

Now forms can be filled in and forwarded to appropriate departments, you can ask questions and even give comments. Reply turnaround time is quick.

“It’s just a different way of doing business,” said Kadla.

“The public likes the design, layout and calendar of events, plus it’s nice and easy to access and understand and that’s how an interactive website is supposed to work.”

Although it was initially redesigned to post council’s agenda and minutes, it now links Lumby to emergency services, the Regional District of the North Okanagan and the Lumby Fire Department.

“Now that we have control over the content, management of the website is knowing what’s working or not working well,” said Kadla.

“As webmaster, I come from a different perspective, I’ve seen it a thousand times and it all looks great to me. But the real question is what does it look like to the person accessing the website and does it work?”

 

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