LANSING | Officials hope a new smartphone app and a bolstered website will help them disseminate more information to residents.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma said during a Village Board meeting on Tuesday the changes to the website at villageoflansing.com will begin today, while new phone app already is up and running.
The Lansing app is now available through Google, and will be available via Apple starting tomorrow.
Wynsma said the app will allow residents to pay their water bills without going to Village Hall.
People also will be able to read village news releases and watch video clips. The app also will be tied into Facebook and Twitter.
“This is all about improving our communications with our residents,” Wynsma said.
The app will be available for free.
“The way things were set up before, we really didn’t have two-way communication with our residents. This will allow for new possibilities for people to let us know what they think,” Wynsma said, adding that the bolstered website will include much more video than the previous site did.
He said the changes will be easily noticed, as village officials have become lax about updating the existing site. Most attention for the past three months was put into designing the new site, he said.
Not that the village’s old ways of disseminating messages is going away.
The Village Vision municipal newsletter will remain, and Wynsma said the most recent issue was put in the mail to local residents just last week.
In other business, the Village Board was told that the Loubie’s Pancake House restaurant of Hammond on Monday opened another location at 17601 Torrence Ave., which used to be the site of a Blockbuster video franchise. That restaurant’s opening created 56 new jobs in Lansing, Wynsma said.
Also, there will be a community cleanup day April 27 across Lansing. People interested in disposing items should contact the village at (708) 895-7208 to arrange for pickup.