POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough this week launched a new website offering residents and borough employees more accessible and reliable access to information about municipal resources, services and arrangements.
According to Mayor Paul Kanitra, borough employees are very excited about the new update.
A new website has been on the borough’s radar since Mr. Kanitra took office in January. “It’s been a long time coming,” said the mayor.
The old website used an outdated layout and user experience, according to Mr. Kanitra. He said it looked and felt extremely outdated.
“Our new website is the opposite of all of that,” said Mr. Kanitra. “Our new website is just beautiful… it is very user friendly.”
The new website, along with the recently acquired GovPilot system, will allow the borough to automate many processes that usually take employees time.
GovPilot, a cloud-based computer-systems platform, will consolidate most of the processing and application-based inquiries, including the borough’s geographic-information system, applications for parking permits, planning and zoning boards, Open Public Records Act requests, animal licensing, taxi, limo licensing and more, officials said.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Borough Administrator Christine Riehl said.
“Normally, you needed to print out a form and bring it in in person,” said Mayor Kanitra, “Now you can submit a lot of this stuff online.” This will create efficiencies in the borough, he added, giving extra time for employees to keep up with daily tasks.
The borough administrator also said the new website and GovPilot will allow the borough to incorporate reported concerns from residents and act on those concerns.
According to its website, GovPilot is used by more than 40,000 local governments across the United States. The system manages a “multitude of critical processes – all with different, often obsolete approaches.”
The site was just launched so, according to the mayor, there still is a lot of work to be done with working out the kinks and adding more for residents.
“There’s definitely a lot of things that we want to continue to fix and make better, more that we want to offer to the public, so I think the residents are going to see over the next couple months or so that it’s only going to continue to evolve and continue to get better,” said Mr. Kanitra.
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