By RICK HAYES email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Residents wishing to conduct county business may do so now with a few keystrokes on their computers.
The county's website, jeffersoncountyillinois.com, went live on Monday, according to County Chairman Robert White.
"This has been a long arduous process undertaken by the Arthur Agency, but is now finally up and functional," White stated in a release. "While this is a big step, it is the first step. The collective long term goal for this website is to allow anyone seeking to do business with the County of Jefferson to have access 24/7."
Ultimately, individuals and businesses will able to request, and in some cases, receive requested information through the website. Whether you are an applicant for a county job or a business needing a license, ultimately you will be able fill in and securely submit them online being routed to the appropriate office for action and responded to electronically, information states.
"This initiative was the capstone of the goals of the 2010-2012 board to increase efficiency and transparency of county government operations. It follows the first step of recording all County Board and committee meetings and make them accessible to anyone at any time," White stated. This was accomplished by installing a digital recording system that now provides access to the general public to all recorded minutes online. The next step for the website project will be to get consistent and FOIA compliant e-mails assigned to every employee and elected official of Jefferson County.
White said some officeholders are using jeff.il e-mail addresses while others are using various private e-mails such as gmail or yahoo accounts.
County officials are still seeking historical facts/stories about the county along with any scanned digital photos that can be added to the site. Individuals who want to submit materials should call the County Board office at 244-8000, Ext. 2.
They are also in the process of adding links to the website as well to include the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Development Corporation, along with all of the cities and villages that currently have a web presence. For those that don't, the county has agreed to allow for a web page for cities and villages through the county's new website.