ANNA — Visitors to the City of Anna’s new website will find it easier to navigate, friendlier to use, easier to read and more logical in its arrangement.


The site, www.annatx.gov, has been completely redesigned and is markedly different than the original, which had been operational for over five years. The city has a contractual arrangement for hosting and website development with CivicPlus, a company that specializes in municipal government websites.


“The website now features a clean, modern design, with larger icons, a search feature, and electronic forms,” said Jessica Perkins, Assistant to the City Manager and coordinator of the website redesign. “We worked with CivicPlus since we already had a relationship with them to bring our website up to date. We’re very pleased with the results, and I think residents will also be impressed with the site.”


In addition to the obvious visual changes, residents and interested individuals can subscribe to a notification system, like other web-based programs. Called Notify Me, individuals can sign up for proactive notices on a variety of activities.


“Residents can enter their email address on the home page under the ‘Residents’ tab,” she added. “Doing so allows them to become a subscriber, able to receive our monthly Enewsletter and other notices. Subscriptions are, of course, free and can be changed at any time.”


A renewed emphasis on proactively communicating with residents also includes an active presence on a few social media sites, such as Facebook (search for City of Anna) and Twitter (@CityofAnna) along with the aforementioned monthly email newsletter. Links to the City’s social media accounts are placed on the homepage as well.


In the same spirit of deepening communication ties with residents, the Anna Police Department has launched a Twitter page as part of a comprehensive new community connection and communications program to help keep Anna a safe and growing city.


The Police Department’s Twitter page (@AnnaTXPolice) is where residents, businesses and visitors can find information about road closures, crime prevention, crime reporting and other related information from the department. In the near future, the department will also establish a Facebook page and free-standing website.


Plans also call for the Fire Department to begin investigating the possibility of opening social media site accounts.