Local briefs – May 20

The City of Red Deer is moving forward with the second phase of its in-depth review of municipal operations.

City of Red Deer reviewing its operations

The City of Red Deer is moving forward with the second phase of its in-depth review of municipal operations.

The organizational review has included a number of recommendations and implementations since it was launched last fall.

Council approved on Monday for Legislative and Administrative Services Department to be called Legislative and Governance Services.

Legislative and Administrative Services manager Elaine Vincent said the new department name identifies more clearly what the city department does.

The manager previously reported to two bosses, to the Corporate Services director for administrative purposes, and to the city manager on items related to council agenda and support. She will now report to the city manager only.

The new department will be responsible for legal services and managing corporate meetings.

Council also approved a review of legal services in the year 2011.

The city has contracted its legal services to the same firm for more than 30 years and its contract with the firm expires on Dec. 1, 2012.

The city will also join the Archives and Records sections within the Corporate Services division, effective July 1.

The first phase of the organizational review has already seen some changes, including the creation of a Planning Division and the launching of a Crime Prevention and Policing Study.

Red Deer County

improves its website

Red Deer County has revamped its website.

The $35,000 project involved a complete redesign of the site to make it easier for residents to navigate, said county communications manager Donna Brinkworth.

The website, which took more than a year to develop, was officially launched on Tuesday. It can be found at www.rdcounty.ca

Idea Market Design Inc., a company started in Lacombe that recently moved to Red Deer, undertook the project to give the website a new look.

Brinkworth said the county wanted to clean up the sometimes-cluttered appearance of the old website and offer easy routes to the kind of information residents most often seek.

A headline bar has been set up with sections for home, residents, business, agriculture, visitors, county centre and news.

The county has also set up its own Twitter account and will offer updates on everything from road closures to fire bans.

Soon visitors to the old site at www.reddeercounty.ab.ca will be automatically directed to the new site.