EPHRATA – Grant County officials unveiled a new county website last week.
Tom Gaines, director of central services for Grant County, said it was still a work in progress.
âIt’s a start,â Gaines said. âWe have some adjustments to make. “
The website cost around $ 70,000, which includes development as well as hosting services for five years, Gaines said. Funding comes from the CARES Act, a federal program designed to help state, county and municipal governments improve services during the COVID-19 outbreak, among others. With the funds available, county officials decided to go ahead with a project that had been under consideration for some time.
âWe thought it was time to update,â he said.
Work began in March 2020. The previous website was dated and more difficult for residents of the county to use, he said. In addition, government websites must be ADA compliant, especially accessible to the visually impaired.
âAnd we’ve never had that,â Gaines said.
Visually impaired people will be able to hover over a section of the website and receive verbal instructions and information.
Rather than forcing people to find the county department they need, the new website includes a “How Do I” feature. This allows people to find county departments and offices and get their questions answered faster. All the information from the previous website is still there, but it might take a bit more navigation to get to it, he said.
Each county and department office will be able to update its own section of the website, Gaines said, at any time.
âI think the public will be much happier with this website,â Gaines said. âA lot of people didn’t have a good way to interact with the county. And now they are.
The county website can be found at www.grantcountywa.gov.