Odessa council eyes new village website

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The Village of Odessa is working to improve its website, council shared during its Jan. 12 meeting.

Coun. David Wilson said the new platform is likely to be a more user-friendly WordPress site, which is updated using word processor-like functions.

“It also renders nicely on a mobile phone, which again is easier for an end user who isn’t sitting in front of a computer,” Wilson said.

The WordPress option also offers improved visibility of community and arena event calendars, an important component of the site used often by Odessa and area residents. Review of the website remains ongoing, with further updates to council expected at future meetings.

Council also updated its mileage rates, which increased to 50 cents per kilometre from 45 cents/km. While there is an increase in the rate, councillors are not likely to submit mileage invoices for the foreseeable future anyway due to municipal conventions and other out-of-town meetings moving online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a project submitted under the gas tax rebate program, the Village of Odessa will also have up to $74,000 to spend on fixing the roof of the Community Centre.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum