BERKELEY – Berkeley Township will be launching a new, redesigned website on Feb. 1 that will provide residents with easier access to forms and information online.
The website, BerkeleyTownship.org, will have fillable forms online, so residents no longer need to travel to town hall to fill them out; an E-notify feature that provides text and email alerts; and a quick links menu that makes navigating the website and finding what you want much easier and faster.
“I am thrilled to announce the unveiling of our redesigned website. It offers quick access to essential information that will provide residents with a more comprehensive understanding of our Municipality and the services we provide,” said Mayor Carmen Amato.
The Township partnered with Revize, government website developing expert, to create the updated site.
“The new website is a complete overhaul of our existing website and will engage residents. Revize allowed us to build our website from scratch and we were able to design our web pages and make it completely customizable, such as adding a photo gallery, an E-Notify signup, Emergency Alerts and a live Facebook feed on the front page,” stated Amato.
The new web layout highlights important and recent news, and makes access to forms such as tax records and OPRA requests easier. The updated site also has new technology that allows residents to make payments online, download documents, and register online.
“Not only is the new website more modern and mobile-friendly, but the ease of use internally will allow us to make major changes more quickly,” explained Councilman Keith Buscio. “I wanted to make sure that our site included the latest trend in Responsive Web Design so that it would allow visitors to have an optimal viewing experience and adapt to almost any screen, with little need for resizing on laptops or cell phones. There’s no need to zoom into the text.”
“At the top of every page, we have links to all of the Departments and services, and even a dedicated FEMA area for those residents still rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy,” Amato added.
The new site swaps out most of the text for photos and quick links that make the website more navigable but also easier to read. There is even a “How do I..?” tab at the top of the homepage for frequently asked questions such as, “How do I find my garbage schedule?” and “How do I find the perfect park?”
“I’m very pleased with the enhancements and functionality of our new website. It will allow us to communicate with our residents more easily,” stated Buscio.
The police site and the Township Recreation site are also both anticipating upgrades and will be incorporated into the Township site.