City officials hope to attract residents and businesses to the area.
By NANCY TULLIS
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
COLUMBIANA -- City officials are working toward connecting to the community via the World Wide Web.
City Manager Keith Chamberlin said he and other city officials are working to establish a Web site. He said plans are to add information about the city that will improve communication between city officials and Columbiana residents.
The Web site is now under construction, and the city tax ordinance and various tax forms are available. Anyone needing the city's tax forms may download them from the site, he said.
The Web site is http://www.cityofcolumbiana.org/.
He said city officials also hope information available on the site, coupled with links to other sites such as the public schools, the public library and the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce, will entice people to make a residential move to the area or to start a business here.
He said the city's Web page will eventually include information about city council, city employees, and services such as police and fire protection or the city's municipal power system.
Continually updated features such as a community calendar or the city council and planning commission minutes and agendas might also be added, he said.
Carol Cobbs, director of the Columbiana Public Library, said she thinks linking the city's site to the library's site is a good idea.
She said having the city online with a link to the library will benefit the library and the city by making both sites more accessible.
She said the library has had its Web site since July 1999. Until a new automated system was installed last year, however, the site didn't see much use.
Updating: If the city is able to change and update information such as community calendar events and meeting minutes and agendas, the site will be more widely used, she said.
Cobbs said the library's Web site, http://www.columbiana.lib.oh.us, is used much more now because the new software of the automated system allows patrons to access the catalog system, check availability of materials and even place wanted materials on reserve.
"Before our Web site was linked to our automated system, it was just a general site and the information didn't change," Cobbs said.
She said the library staff is working toward adding an activities calendar.
"Once people become more aware of the information available on the Web, both sites will be more widely used," Cobbs said. "People will be able to move easily from one site to another and get information about activities in the city."