GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - A new municipal website will be unveiled later this month after officials hired a designer to overhaul the township's Internet presence.

Councilman Jim McElwee said the website is expected to be up and running by Aug. 17.

A $7,000 contract to revamp the township's website was awarded in May to City Connections, of Barnegat Township.

Mayor Don Purdy said officials pushed for years to redo the website without success, and the site remained unfriendly to users.

In April, the township's website was placed at the bottom of a Monmouth University poll of municipal websites. Galloway was 312th out of 540 ranked in the state, according to the poll.

Three of the websites in the poll's top 10 were designed by City Connections, Township Manager Arch Liston said.

"The new website is going to be easier to navigate and a really good resource for everyone. People need that and they're not getting that now," said Councilwoman Whitney Ullman, who worked on committee for the improved website.

The new site will feature a township calendar, live links to popular area websites, an interactive forum for residents and a registration form for visitors to sign up for news alerts, Ullman said.

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