An online place for all things Rifle launches June 30
Citizen Telegram Editor
Computer- and online-savvy residents of Rifle will soon have a new way to communicate with city hall, watch live City Council meetings and get up to date on local news.
The city of Rifle is launching a new website, riflenow.org, on Sunday, June 30, that is hoped to be an all-inclusive place for residents, visitors and businesses to get involved and stay in touch with city officials.
The idea for such a site started about 16 months ago, said Cable 10 Assistant Manager Michael Churchill, a member of the city’s Internet technology committee. That’s when Churchill said they learned about the Mindmixer online player.
Mindmixer is a platform for ideas and feedback from community leaders to residents and vice versa, Churchill said. It is used by several other Colorado communities, such as Breckenridge, he added.
The Rifle Now home page features the current weather conditions and a link to the forecast, three search engines, links to Mindmixer, Cable 10 programs, community and civic organizations in Rifle and Garfield County and The Citizen Telegram and Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
For example, Churchill said a resident can watch a live or recorded meeting on the Cable 10 player, then go to the Mindmixer link and submit a comment or ask a question.
“We’ll have links to each meeting’s agenda, so people can follow along,” Churchill added.
He said most computer modems with speeds of 1.5 gigabytes or more should be able to view the programs without a problem.
“So someone could watch us from China,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Sanborn during a demonstration of the new site at City Hall.
At the bottom of the home page is a link to the city’s website, rifleco.org, where each department can be found, Churchill said.
Eventually, an online calendar and bulletin board, where notices of meetings and events can be submitted, will be added to the site, he added.
Emergency messages from the city, such as water restrictions or outages, will scroll across the RifleNow home page, Churchill said.
A social media policy will define how the city uses the new website, said City Attorney Jim Neu.
Along with live City Council meetings, Cable 10 airs city planning and zoning commission meetings live on the fourth Tuesday night of each month, Churchill said, and will have other meetings available on the site within 36 hours.
“Sometimes it can take five days before something shows up on channel 10,” he noted.
The city plans to promote the RifleNow website, beginning at the Centennial Park concert on Sunday, June 30, along with traditional and online media outlets.
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