If you haven't visited the city of Newport's Web site in recent days, you might be in for a surprise the next time you visit.
The site has been redesigned with a new, clean look and feel.
City records show the Web site redesign cost $26,905 and the City Council approved the redesign by Vision Internet Providers at a Dec. 2012 meeting.
Along with the redesign cost, the city is paying $6,000 per year for hosting, which includes maintenance, upgrades, new components and a free redesign after four years.
In a memo to the City Council, City Manager Jane Howington said at the time the contract was approved that the new site will give a host of new options for the city.
"Examples include emergency notification, limited streaming, community and city calendars, the ability to fill out forms on-line, mobile phone access, RSS feeds, city blog features, ability for citizens to file a complaint or call for service online and track its progress, integration with social media, community spotlight features and many more," Howington said.
One key feature is the ability to accept online payments — something that had been part of the City Council's strategic goals.