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Three council members launch interactive websites for constituents

Wednesday October 1, 2003

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

502.574.4137

Patrick H. Neely
502.574.1351 

Louisville Metro Councilmen Stuart Benson, R-District 20; Ken Fleming, R-District 7; and Hal Heiner, R-District 19, have launched interactive websites for their constituents.

The websites provide additional information and interactive features that go beyond the features of the government website.

“One of the most important things we do in our office is keep people informed and get feedback from constituents,” Benson said. “The e-newsletter and the website are two crucial ways of staying in touch with residents in our district.”

The main features of the District 20 website includes: all issues of a weekly e-newsletter; background on issues important to the community and an opportunity to email Benson with comments on those issues; a community board that includes events and festivals in the district; and links to other websites.

“Citizen input and participation are vital to making Louisville a thriving community,” Fleming said. “Our website gives residents the opportunity to complete surveys and submit their comments on the progress of the new government and the issues facing our community.”

The District 7 website allows visitors to receive an update on council business after every council meeting as well as pending legislation; browse links to several suburban cities that are in District 7; check out upcoming events and festivals in the district; and give feedback to Fleming on important issues facing the community.

“People are busy, but want to be kept informed and be able to give feedback on their opinions on issues,” Heiner said. “Because so many people receive news and communicate through their computer, I thought this was an important way to reach constituents.”

The website -- www.hotlinetohal.com -- -- has several unique features not currently available on the government site, including: a summary of the top 10 issues facing the community; an opportunity for constituents to provide instant feedback on those issues; a zoning section that will provide updates on key zoning cases in District 19, a description of projects by neighborhood and how neighbors can get involved; and links to other websites.

In addition, all three websites let visitors sign up for an e-newsletter, email their council members directly and look up their home on a district map.

Sponsor(s)

Stuart Benson (R)  20
Kenneth C. Fleming (R)  7
Hal Heiner (R)  19