On March 26, 2019, Berkeley Heights Township launched the new official Township website, designed to improve the ability of residents to access information and services.
Spearheaded by the volunteer Berkeley Heights Communications Committee, working closely with Township employees, Phase One of the new website offers a modern, resident-focused design that is easily accessible via mobile. Residents will immediately benefit from a new search function that makes it easier to find information site-wide, including content contained in agendas and meeting minutes. Phase One also includes a new calendar that residents can set to show only the types of events they’re interested in and receive notifications for--everything from the Township’s Memorial Day parade and Recreation Department events to Town Council, Zoning Board, and Environmental Commission meetings.
Phase One of the website is in beta release and additional information and graphics will be added to the website over the next several months. Further down the line is Phase Two, which will add a single online payments system for residents to pay fees online.
“With this website, Berkeley Heights’ digital footprint will come into 2019,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “It enables the Township to continue to improve communication with residents and supports our focus on communication and transparency. The new site also highlights the beauty and quality of life that residents and businesses alike can expect to find in Berkeley Heights.”
The former website had limited ability to display and organize information and used an outdated process for updates. It was not optimized for mobile so the almost 70 percent of residents who access the website from a phone or tablet were not able to access information easily.
“The project was a full team effort between the Communications Committee, Township employees and Town Council members. Special thanks to Herman Matfes and Sander Raaymakers, who have gone above and beyond donating their technical and website design expertise to the Township,” said Pam Yoss, Chair of the Communications Committee. “I also want to thank the previous Mayor, Bob Woodruff, and Town Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley for their vision and support to get this project off the ground last year.”
The Communications Committee worked throughout much of 2018, seeking input from many residents along the way and running a competitive bid process that selected CivicPlus as its implementation partner. Township employees attended in February a three-day training session on using and updating the new website.
The new website URL is www.BerkeleyHeights.gov and the existing URL will continue to work as well. Please share any comments or suggestions with BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.