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City of Menlo Park launches new website

First a refreshed logo, then a new mascot, and now a revamped website: The city of Menlo Park's image reinvention continued when the city launched an updated website on April 21.

Designed by contractor CivicPlus for $49,600, the website now offers a message board and OpenGov data analysis tool in addition to what will, hopefully, be an easier-to-navigate interface once bugs are eliminated. Residents were already posting suggested "quality of life improvements" within hours of the launch.

Features for the website have not been finalized. According to Clay Curtin, assistant to the city manager and supervisor of the redesign, the city plans to see which interactive tools catch on.

The log of emails sent to and from the council remains available -- for now.

"I think it can evolve with the community's needs and as technology changes. Maintaining (the log) as status quo has its own requirements," Mr. Curtin said, since it's not integrated into the new design. "For now, we'll continue to provide it in the familiar manner (and) format."

Sandy Brundage

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