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June 25, 2013

County rolls out new website

WASHINGTON — Daviess County’s website, www.daviess.org, officially launched Monday during the County Commissioner’s meeting.

The website, which has been in development for months, is now the official site for all of Daviess County government.

“About anything we do is on the website and is accessible,” Commissioners President Tony Wichman said. “It is very easy to get to.” Although separate entities of county government have owned and maintained their own websites, daviess.org now allows every office to be on one site.

Many of the features the old sites had are now on the county site.

For example, tax information from the county treasurer’s site is now under the treasurer’s tab under “government.” All county offices are listed, including the commissioners and county council.

“We can do all of (the offices) together now, and that is a great improvement over what we did have,” Wichman said.

Some of the features of the website include information on the courts, taxes, public safety and county services with either links or information on all the county provides, including the Sheriff’s department, landfill or the highway department. There are also links to community resources like the city of Washington and other local services.

The website also offers several services not previously offered, including a document center where county offices have placed many of their forms available for download. Another service offered is an eNotify service, where residents can sign up to receive email updates on road issues, bids and alert information.

Residents can also sign up on the website for the county’s CodeRED alert system that gives weather warnings either via the telephone. Daviess County Emergency Management Director Paul Goss said 2,000 have signed up for the service and is important for residents to get signed up.

After the commissioners’ meeting, Goss said the county’s weather siren on Bedford Road has not been working and technicians are quickly repairing the siren. Having CodeRED will give residents another tool to be warned when threatening weather is imminent.

Wichman said even those who do not have a computer can find help to get signed up.

“I would highly recommend this. We are getting a lot of good feedback from this,” Wichman said. “You get different types of options.”

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