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Covington launches new site

COVINGTON - The city has launched a new Web site designed to be more user-friendly and provide residents with valuable information about how the city operates and all it has to offer.

Go to www.cityofcovington.org these days and you'll find many improvements, and a whole new look.

Features include downloadable permit applications, updated utility rates, minutes of meetings of the city's various boards and committees, calendars listing upcoming meetings and community events and information and contact numbers for various city departments.

The site also features regular updates from Mayor Kim Carter on timely city topics.

"Our intent from the beginning (was) to make it more user-friendly," said Bobby Johnson, information system manager for the city. "Sometimes old Web sites you go to are hard to maneuver around and find the information you need and want. We wanted the visitors to this Web site to find the information they need with two or three clicks."

City job openings will also be posted online and applications can be filled out and sent directly to the human resources department. Also, current bid postings by the city are available for viewing.

The site is about 75 percent complete, Johnson said, adding that content will be added on a daily basis.

Eventually, the public will be able to apply for permits online, as well as pay utility bills and view their billing history.

Also in the future, City Council meetings, which are currently aired on a local cable channel, will be able to be viewed online.

Residents can also submit their e-mail addresses to get an e-newsletter that will feature special announcements and details on upcoming events.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.