council focuses on improving city communications
By Ranae Bangerter
February 21, 2006 | NIBLEY -- Over an hour of presentation
of ideas and discussion of updates to the city's communication
plan dominated the City Council meeting Thursday night.
The communication plan, presented by Councilmen Bryan
Hansen and Thayne Mickelson a few weeks ago, but discussed
further at the meeting, included updates for the city
building, Web site and newsletters.
Council members decided that in the world of technology
today they will need to provide up-to-date information
to their citizens. But improvements come with a price.
In the communication plan, it was proposed that the
city council invest in a Smart Board, an electronic
type of white board that would come with a projector
and other accessories. City Manager Larry Anhder said
he would rather have more updated computer capabilities
than a smart board. Other council members assured him
that computer enhancements come with the Smart Board.
Also the city would like to update their Web site.
Assistant City Recorder Kerry Bringhurst is currently
learning how to update the Web site with a new program
that would be more efficient than the one used before.
Mayor Gerald Knight said they are trying to do a little
bit at a time.
"When is it going to be updated we need it now," said
Councilman Scott Larsen about the Web site updates.
Bringhurst said it would take a while.
The Web site would possibly include electronic payments,
the monthly newsletter, contact information of elected
officials, and the meeting agendas and minutes.
Council members would also like to make the monthly
newsletter more professional looking, and have it include
more input from the citizens, feature stories with pictures,
and possibly advertisements from local businesses.
With the updates to the Web site, Councilman Larsen
made a motion to not post the minutes online, until
they had been officially approved. The motion passed
Other items covered in the meeting were:
-- a Planning and Zoning Commission's Report of their
meeting a week before.
-- Rigby Subdivision's amended plat received a motion
and passed with one opposing vote from Councilman Larsen.
--Discussion of Dennis Murray's offer of piece of
land that the city could possibly build a road on or
receive money for. A motion for the purchase of the
lot passed with two opposing votes, from Mickelson and
--The design review committee, which decides on guidelines
for personal developers, reported what they have been
planning and decided that they would discuss the objectives
and ideas for new structures in later meetings.
--Consultants for the city council will be coming
to town and the city manager talked about updating the
General Plan, which includes the city's standards for
ordinances and land use.