OXFORD - Soon, the residents of Oxford will be able to communicate with Oxford City Council members and other citizens while sitting by their home computer.
The city of Oxford unveiled its new Web site last week.
The new site, located at www.oxfordgeorgia.org, features city news, a city calendar that's updated frequently, city ordinances and city council minutes back to 2003, among other documents and city information.
"As technology keeps evolving, you've got to step with the times," Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry said. "We have to let (the city) know what's going on."
Roseberry also has a blog - a Web log where individuals write entries about various topics - on the Web site; other city council members will also have blogs in the future.
"This place will be reserved in the future as a place where the mayor and city council can post their opinions and share their thoughts with you, the people," according to Roseberry's first entry.
He also wants to have a community forum on the Web site, which allows residents to post their opinions and thoughts on various subjects.
Before last week, the city had a Web site, www.cityofoxfordga.com, but Roseberry said when he came into office he wanted to update it.
"I wanted to attract the community and make it user friendly," he said. "We're excited about it, and we hope citizens find it to be informative."
Roseberry and Councilman Hoyt Oliver enlisted the help of Oxford resident Michael Dale to create the city's new Web site.
Dale, a senior at Newton High School who is in the joint enrollment program at Oxford College, has lived in Oxford for almost two years and has been working with creating Web sites for about four years, he said.
"It's more of a hobby for me," he said. "I've done several Web sites for the school, but I've never taken it as a class."
He said the Web site as it is now took about 30 hours since the beginning of January to create. He will be in charge of it at least for the next two years, as he attends Oxford College starting in the fall.
"I'll be updating and training (city council members)," he said.
Since launching last week, he said the Web site already has received 25 visitors, but he wants more residents to use it.
He said most residents who have seen the site said they have never seen anything like it before, but he would like to hear from more residents about their wants and needs for it.
"I want to see some more constructive criticism," he said.
Visitors to the Web site are allowed to vote in a poll or leave general feedback. They also can join a city mailing list to receive more updates.
"We will change (the site) as we need to," Roseberry said. "We're going to be doing a lot of different things with it."
Michelle Floyd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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