GRANITE CITY — A project to refresh the city’s website accelerated into high gear at the Oct. 4 city council meeting.
The council approved a resolution for Granite City-based Waters Photography to provide 10 to 20 photographs for $1,500, payable upon completion of the project no later than Oct. 31. The resolution states the photos will depict “local events and sites illustrating the vibrancy of the community.”
The photos are a key component to an overhaul of the city’s website. The city launched the site about a year after Mayor Ed Hagnauer was elected in 2005. A lot has changed since then: last year, American adults spent 51 percent of their daily Internet time on a mobile device, according to an industry report.
The city’s new website will follow that trend toward mobile dominance, with prominent photos and the ability to see entire pages from tablets and phones.
“The big thing is it’s a much more user-friendly interface,” said Economic Development Director James Amos, who’s coordinating the project. “It’s meant to be highly visual.”
The unveiling date for the new site is still up in the air, but Amos and Hagnauer said they expect rapid progress now that the photography contract is finalized.
Amos said the company building the site, Revize, also renovated Madison County’s website. The company will transfer all of the site’s current information to the new site, along with additional content.
“There’ll be features there that we didn’t have before,” Amos said. “We’re looking forward to having a new look on the website.”
Longtime police department employees moving on
The council also approved a resignation letter from Police Lt. Raymond M. Takmajian and a retirement letter from dispatcher Tina L. Wyatt.
Takmajian’s last day will be Oct. 18, after which he’ll start working for the U.S. Marshal’s Service. He is a 27-year police department veteran.
“It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation,” he wrote in a Sept. 23 letter to Police Chief Rich Miller. “I wish to thank you, the City of Granite City and the Granite City Police Department for this great experience.”
Wyatt was one of the first civilian dispatchers the department hired, Miller said.
“She never missed a day of work and always gave 1,000 percent,” the chief said, adding that Takmajian and Wyatt both will be missed.
The mayor also praised Wyatt, who worked for the department for 22 years.
“Those people (dispatchers) do a great job comforting you in a time when you really need it,” Hagnauer said.
The council also authorized the promotion of Sgt. Michael Parkinson to lieutenant and approved Blake Mills as the next officer candidate from the eligibility list. Miller said he anticipates having another new officer for council approval at the Oct. 18 meeting.