ROSELLE – The Borough of Roselle website – www.boroughofroselle.com – has been ranked among the top 50 best performing municipal websites in New Jersey, as part of a comprehensive review.
Rankings were released through the Monmouth University Polling Institute and the Graduate Program in Public Policy, which studied 540 New Jersey municipal websites to determine the “Best Practices for Municipal Websites.”
“I am delighted with this recognition,” said Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley. “We have a great website. Our employees and my administration work hard every day to use the website as a cost-effective tool to communicate with our constituents. Visiting our municipal website should be like visiting municipal hall, where our residents expect complete and accurate service in a timely manner.”
Holley said the recently-redesigned website was critical during the emergency response to Superstorm Sandy. The website, as well as the municipal social media campaign, provided the latest information to residents. Although power and landline service was down, residents were still able to easily access the website through their smart phones and learn, for example, where and when food and emergency supplies would be distributed.
“In this day and age, with people on the go and so focused on work and family, you want to make sure that local government is interacting as much as possible,” he said. “People need to stay informed with what is happening in the community.”
According to the Monmouth University poll, websites have become one of the most important tools for citizens to get information about their municipalities. They are a key access point for residents to access information about their hometowns, from local events and meetings to online government services and emergency alerts.
Roselle’s website was built by AlphaDog Solutions (ADS), a municipal web design and management company representing 12 other municipalities.
“It is important to note that this ranking was not a design contest, it focused on content,” said Michael Melham, president of ADS. “Roselle’s high ranking is a testament to Mayor Holley and his administration’s continued commitment to openness and transparency.”
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