New South Orange Government Website Still in the Works

The South Orange government website is getting a makeover, but no launch date has been announced.

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The launch of a new website for the village government has been delayed for a number of reasons, the village administrator said.

“There are a number of factors which have contributed to the longer than expected timeline, beginning with what, in hindsight, were unrealistic expectations of when it could be completed," said Barry Lewis Jr., village administrator. "A second contributing factor is the extraordinary number of other projects and priorities that have competed for the time of key staff.”

According to Lewis, the village's information technology director also is working with the vendor on some technical issues. In addition, content that being transferred to the new site needs to be reviewed by different departments to determine what information needs to be updated or removed, Lewis explained.

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Once the new site is live, Lewis said, news and information will be posted in a more timely manner. Currently, several different people can upload information, with the final approval coming from Lewis, Deputy Village Administrator Adam Loehner or Village President Alex Torpey.

While there is no schedule for website updates, Lewis says news is updated whenever it arises and is considered important enough to be placed on the website.

“Emergency announcements are entirely dependent on the occurrence of an emergency, so the frequency is completely unpredictable.” Lewis said.

Loehner has the role of public information officer, which means he is the central person for press releases. The new website will change that.

“One of the much anticipated features of the new website will be the ability of department heads and other staff to have access to update and add content (subject to approval) to their pages on the website, which in that sense will decentralize that function but improve efficiency and the timeliness of information on the website.” Lewis said.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.



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