By SCOTT MIMS / Editor-in-chief
COLOMBIAN – City leaders hope Columbiana’s new website and YouTube channel will provide unprecedented ease of access for residents and those looking for information about the county seat.
The website, Cityofcolumbiana.com, contains links to live broadcasts of city council meetings as well as minutes, agendas and other relevant information. While the city is still in the process of adding information to the site, Mayor David Mitchell believes he’s headed in the right direction.
âWe want an easy-to-navigate website, and we want a website where important, timely and relevant information for the people of Columbiana is easily accessible, and I think we’re getting there,â Mitchell said. âWe try to make navigation as easy and obvious as possible for users and to find the information they are looking for. The functionality and the capacity are there; we have to fill it in with the right information, and it just takes time.
The city initially broadcast its council meetings live on Facebook, but has since started its own YouTube channel. The channel is available on the city’s main website by clicking on the YouTube logo at the bottom of the page.
Director of Community Affairs Ali Payne said website builder CivicPlus, which also created Shelby County’s website Shelbyal.com, specializes in building websites for local governments.
Visitors to Cityofcolumbiana.com will immediately notice an eye-catching banner in the middle of the screen that displays a rotating slideshow of current information like the upcoming Freedom Day weekend.
Another advantage of the site is that it is accessible by the American Disability Act. For example, a blind person could hear an audio version of the screen, Payne said.
âI think it will be a lot more user-friendly,â she said. âYou won’t have to dig for information; it’s more easily accessible.
For more information, visit Cityofcolumbiana.com, the city’s Facebook page or its YouTube page. The town hall can be contacted by phone at 205-669-5800.