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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-21-2019

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8 CUMBERLAND NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Mayor Jeff Mutter and his staff this week announced the relaunch and redesign of the town website, www.cumber- landri.org . The update is part of the mayor's goal to modernize and make town government more accessible, said Chief of Staff Linda Teel, who coor- dinated the project. The new site was designed and developed by Boston Webdesign & SEO. The new interface is cleaner, more modern, and is easily accessible from mobile devices. It has an improved appearance and navigational capabili- ties. "We are excited to launch our new Cumberland town website," said Mutter in a statement. "We believe it will be a valuable source of informa- tion for our community and provide residents an efficient way to report issues or concerns." From the website, individuals will be able to access meeting schedules, report a problem, gather departmen- tal contact information, and review annual budgets and audits. The site has the four main categories of "Town Hall," "Live," "Work," and "Play." All departments can be found under Town Hall, said Teel, but the other three categories align with the mayor's campaign slogans. "You either live here, you work here, or you play here," said Teel, and this is an easy way for people in all three categories to find information. It's filed in a way that's more easy for people to relate to. The header on the previous site was "Pride in Cumberland," the campaign slogan of former Mayor Bill Murray. Teel said officials wanted a website that was easier to read and more user friendly. It's also easier from an administrative standpoint to update it and keep the information current. Previous sites had been tweaked enough where the platforms had essentially become proprietary, mak- ing a wholesale change the most logi- cal move, said Teel. The site also eliminates the $3,000-a-year "SeeClickFix" tab, instead allowing residents to file a complaint directly with Administrative Assistant Sarah King, who then distrib- utes the information. That was one of a couple cost-saving moves on the site, said Teel. The cost of developing the site was free, as Teel used personal connections with the developer to not only have it done at no cost but also to save money on annual hosting fees. Previous ver- sions of the site cost $25,000 and between $10,000 and $15,000. "Free is very good, especially when it works better," she said. Mayor Mutter announces new streamlined town website By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com • New or Used Autos (includes refinanced autos from other institutions) • ¼% (.25%) off of qualifying rate (rate is determined by credit worthiness) Members can also save an additional ¼% (.25%) off if loan is paid with BRFCU payroll or automatic transfer • Membership eligibility is required • Please mention this coupon or bring it in to receive the additional savings! www.blackstoneriverfcu.org Main Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401) 767-1990 Branch Office 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401) 333-0780

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