WHEELING – Officials in Wheeling announced the recent upgrade to the city’s official website, unveiling a sharp and striking new look – as well as improved, user-friendly navigation – for online visitors.
The recent website refresh was completed as part of the city’s initial contract with its website provider, and the noticeably dramatic improvements brought about by the upgrade bring engaging motion and some Friendly City neighborhood character to the revamped home page at www.wheelingwv.gov.
“We removed the still images from the homepage and replaced them with drone footage of each Wheeling neighborhood,” said Michele Rejonis, marketing and community relations specialist for the city of Wheeling. “It gives a unique perspective of the city’s beauty. We also placed the most recent news and upcoming meetings at the bottom of the home page, making them easier for users to locate. “
Eye-catching drone footage from various Wheeling neighborhoods was filmed by city resident Kyle Phair, who volunteered his time and donated the use of the clips at no cost to the city, officials said. Images show aerial footage of the Ohio River, downtown Wheeling, Warwood, East Wheeling, Elm Grove, Edgwood, Wheeling Island, South Wheeling, Woodsdale and other neighborhoods of the city, with clips of both daytime and nighttime flyovers.
“The update gives the site a sharper look,” Rejonis said.
With links to everything from meeting agendas to city department contact numbers and much more, the city’s website is a portal to a wealth of information pertaining to various aspects of Wheeling’s city government.
The website refresh came about as a coordinated effort by several city staff members who all help play a role in regularly maintaining and updating the information it contains. Those staff members include Rejonis, Wheeling Police Department and Wheeling Fire Department Public Information Officer Philip Stahl, City Clerk Brenda J. Delbert, Building & Planning Director Tom Connelly and IT Director Mike Lloyd.
“That work has been done, and the city staff did an excellent job of going through that with our consultants,” Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron said. “The city’s website has been refreshed and updated, and it’s online now.”
The city website also includes links to the improved 311 non-emergency reporting system, a resource that city leaders said promises to have even more upgrades in the near future.
One of the newest additions to the content of the city’s website has been a new tab on the home page that links to the city’s survey accepting public suggestions on how to best spend Wheeling’s $ 29 million allocation of pandemic relief funding through the American Rescue Plan Act.
“The changes to the city’s website not only improved the overall look, but made some key elements easier for users to find,” Rejonis said. “The still images that appeared on the homepage were replaced with the drone footage of our beautiful city, and the video really adds a ‘wow factor’ that we did not have before.”