Pelham unveils new interactive website

Pelham residents now have the capability to report a water leak or a missed garbage pickup all at the click of a mouse.

The city of Pelham recently unveiled their new and improved website, www.pelhamonline.com, which offers many interactive features city officials hope will improve communication between residents and their representatives with the city.

Devoloped by Ingenuity, Inc., city officials describe the website as a &uot;complete connection with city hall.&uot;

The site was funded by the Industrial Devolepment Board of Pelham with the hope of promoting city businesses, The Pelham Raquet Club, the Pelham Civic Complex, The Pelham Amphitheatre and also the city’s many other highlights.

The website features a &uot;Spotlight Section&uot; for special upcoming events and a &uot;News Section&uot; that outlines activities, awards and special dedications around the city.

The homepage of the website describes Pelham as a one of the fastest growing communities in Alabama.

&uot;Located in the foothills of Oak Mountain, scenic neighborhoods offer a retreat from the busy world. It’s a wonderful place to call home,&uot;

the online description reads.

Donna Treslar, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, said initial reaction to the website has been very positive.

&uot;We’ve seen reporters pick up articles for their newspapers from our news sesction on the website, and residents are using the action center on a regular basis,&uot; she said.

The Action Center, Treslar said, allows residents to make reports from their home or office. If a resident has a water leak, for instance, they can click on the Action Center and send a message directly to the city’s water department, she said.

Another feature is the &uot;Monthly Briefing&uot; section in which an audio message will inform residents of ongoing city issues.

If fact, she said, Bill Meadows with the Alabama Advantage for Retiree Program is using the website as an example for other communities