Back in January I wrote a post entitled, Wishing Lucas County would follow Hamilton County’s lead… based on reading an entry at the Cincinnati Beacon. Hamilton County had taken the step of creating a wiki style directory. The Dean had stated that he hoped that now that the wiki had been created others would take this up within his own community, such as City Council or his three County Commissioners. In reading today’s Blade, Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop has started an online forum which can be found here. Fellow Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken is also going to be blogging. Information from the press release is on the Toledo Free Press.
I’m glad that they are reaching out to the residents of Lucas County, maybe the next step will be to make the website a bit more user friendly. If you take a look at what the website for Hamilton County offers residents the ability to do online, versus what our Lucas County website offers or take a look at what another county provides as eServices in Franklin County… As a supporter of blogs, I’m proud my county has that label of “first” and while I think this is a good start, we still have a ways to go before we provide the same level of online services other counties in Ohio give their residents.