Web site includes ordinances, frequently requested formsSEASIDE - The city of Seaside now has a home on the Internet with a user-friendly Web site designed to give the public immediate access to city information.

The site's address is (www.cityofseaside.us). The site includes information about each of the city's departments, as well as links to other Seaside Web sites, such as the public library, convention center and police department. Visitors may access a city map, ordinances, forms, current job listings and the city's charter. All city committees, boards and commissions are included with their meeting times. There are also special sections for information about Oregon Department of Transportation projects and tsunami education.

Although the Web site is still dotted with "under construction" signs, designer Troy Jasmin hopes everything except public works pages will be complete by Friday.

"The site gives us a conduit to get information out to the general public and those with specific interests," City Manager Mark Winstanley said. "In today's age where people want it now, it's access to information immediately."

Jasmin, who owns Computer Creations NW of Astoria, also worked on the library's site and is rebuilding the police department's site. Jasmin also works for the city as a Parking Information Officer. He will train Business Secretary Kim Jordan to maintain the site in the future. The site started with only five pages, but has quickly grown to more than 40.

"A Web site is like a little baby," Jasmin said. "It's gonna grow and you help it mature. We pretty much started from scratch."

Human Resource Director Trish Downey spent many hours researching other cities' Web sites to discover what worked and what didn't. Because of limited time and knowledge, staff decided to work with Jasmin and his company to design the site.

"We felt Troy would provide us with the expertise we needed," she said. The site will cost up to $3,000 to establish.

One of the site's most unique aspects is the city employee praise form, which allows tourists and locals to pass on a compliment to a city employee.

"So many times you only hear the bad," Jasmin said. "It's an aspect to build teamwork and positive feedback."

Jasmin is also rebuilding the police department's Web site, with completion set for August.

"What they had before was nice, but basic," he said. "The site will really focus on the fact that police are 100 percent partners with the community."

The site will feature streaming video of the motorcycle patrol and funeral processions, a detailed history of the department, tsunami education and information about the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. It will also contain a missing person link, updated every 15 minutes with photos and information from the national database.


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