Bibb Countys government has been upgrading the technology citizens use independent of other efforts.
A new web page, which is designed to work better on cell phones and tablets, was released last week and should feature fresh photos and better navigation, said Grant Faulkner, assistant director of information technology. The page is online at www.co.bibb.ga.us.
Everybody likes the look and feel of it, he said.
Links to more popular offerings, such as the countys online payment system, are now posted prominently rather than buried deep.
But the county has also been upgrading many of its mapping services. The county just released an interactive map of parks, which allows people to find parks close to where they are, or to find parks by amenities, such as swimming. The county took over responsibility for recreation this past summer.
Other apps that should work on cell phones and websites include a property viewer released this year.
The county also revamped an animal shelter web page, which now features photos of all the cats and dogs in the shelter.
Faulkner said the countys efforts are similar to the kinds of things Code for America has been doing.
But while Bibb County has shared data with Code for America including electronic maps, Faulkner said hes hesitant to start taking updates to those maps from the community. Code for America and Habitat for Humanity have been updating a building map thats five years old, in a fast-changing neighborhood.
I think I would worry about accuracy, Faulkner said, saying hed need to vet any suggested changes.
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