Oneonta will have a new united front online, perhaps as soon as Friday.
The city and town have been working on creating a joint website homepage that will present Oneonta as a community and feature information for visitors about restaurants, lodging and events.
The collaborative approach will highlight Oneonta from a tourism and economic perspective, as many if not most online visitors seek information about the community and not government, the supervisor and mayor said.
However, links from the joint Oneonta home page will lead residents and other online viewers to pages with information pertaining to the separate municipalities of the town and city of Oneonta.
Sites for each municipality already include links to minutes, forms for permits and applications, plus information about commissions, committees and other local government data. That information will remain available and accessible, the town supervisor and mayor said.
Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said the launch date is Friday. The revised “landing page” didn’t cost the city anything, he said, but future operations charges will apply.
Robert Wood, the Oneonta town supervisor, said the town spent $3,000 toward the redeveloped online presence provided by Vibrant Creative, and then will incur monthly operations costs.
A visit to www.oneonta.ny.us on Tuesday night revealed an online work in progress. The city’s website format was recognizable, and some changes appeared after searches for information about the town.
The town previously had a website provided by Information Systems Division Inc., or ISD, Wood said, and before that the town managed a site without help from a professional firm.
The town worked to ensure accessibility online to town information and resources, he said, and previews of the joint site appear satisfactory.