September 17, 2008

Lincoln to Upgrade Its Web Site

By Kevin Barlow

LINCOLN - Lincoln officials have agreed to upgrade the city's Web site after citizen complaints, but Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman said any changes need to fit the city's needs and budget.

Two former Lincoln residents have offered to upgrade the site, but Davis-Kavelman said progress is being made and the upgrade will be done by city employees. A committee has been established to oversee the changes and has been meeting since the early summer.

"We are working diligently on the Web site," Davis-Kavelman said Monday. "A Lincoln Community High School class designed the current Web site and we have maintained the site with no major changes for a while, but the time has come for an upgrade."

Residents have complained the site is outdated and doesn't provide them with enough information on city services or where to find answers to problems.

The city has budgeted $1,000 to improve its online presence.

Currently part-time zoning employee Austin Maxheimer updates the site. City officials have previously said he may not have enough experience to handle a major upgrade on his own.

The committee will meet Friday to discuss further options.

The Web site is located at

Huskins honored - In other business Monday, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to honor former Ward 1 Alderman Benny Huskins, who retired in July after 15 years on the council.

Also honored were former Lincoln Planning Commission Chairman Betty Gehlbach and Vince Long, the new statewide commander of the Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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