Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 29, 2013

Henderson County unveils new website

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The new Henderson County website is now online.

The site is not only more attractive than the previous one, but offers the user more options, County Information Technology Director Josh Brock said. 

“When we looked at the new website options, we wanted to get something that wasn’t just pretty,” Brock said. “We wanted it to be somewhat functional and also educational, so if you go on the website in the middle of the night trying to find how to contact someone, that we would have that information for you.”

Brock said the user can click on a window called, “I want to,” and find quick access to information, such as how to make payments, legal notices, judicial records, duties of public officials and a place to make service requests.

“You’ll be able to get access to more information, hopefully a lot quicker than you used to,” Brock said.

Under the County Auditor heading is a financial transparency section where budgets, financial reports, check registries and utility reports are found. Other information is available when clicking on the other county departments.

Also on the site, the user can find links to sites for cities in Henderson County and each of the Economic Development Corporations.

The county accelerated efforts to get a new website and provider after the November 2012 General Election, when citizens were unsuccessful in getting election totals.

Henderson County was one of many counties whose website was on the state server.  On election night, the volume of hits by people in the various counties attempting to get results bogged down the server.

After much study, Commissioners Court approved a contract in April with Vision Internet to develop the site.

Precinct 4 Commissioner and IT Committee member Ken Geeslin said citizens can go to the site and sign up for e-notifications. They’ll be sent information like Commissioners Court agendas, notices of IT meetings and other items.

The new website address is www.henderson-county.com.

Geeslin said the site will only display properly on Internet Explorer  9 or above.  Anyone who goes to the old county web address will be redirected to the new site.