Geneva is working to rebuild its presence on the Internet | Local News

GENEVA — The city is slowly rebuilding an internet presence after a breach of the city’s website in July led to a lengthy process of building a new website, Geneva City Manager Joseph Varckette said.

“Above all, we wanted to regain our presence,” Varckette said. The website can be viewed at www.genevaohio.gov and is in the early stages of development, he said.

“Two links available on the site are now for online payment of taxes and utility bills,” Varckette said. He said the city wanted residents to have the ability to pay online.

“He will grow [be] more of a billboard,” Varckette said. He said the website will be used to provide actionable information on city activities and events over time.

“As things progress, we have a lot of projects coming in 2022,” Varckette said. He said the site will be useful in providing detailed information as projects move through different phases.

One of the planned projects is the excavation and paving of West Main from the railroad overpass to the Route 534 intersection downtown. He said the city hopes the website will become a “go-to” place to get needed information.

The old site of the city was drilled on July 16 and involved a long process of reconstruction. At the time, Varckette sent out a press release on the matter on July 20.

“The City of Geneva’s general management and information technology department immediately began accessing city services that could be exposed,” the statement said.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency were involved in the investigation.

As the new site grows and develops, Varckette envisions more of the billboard concept and less interaction. “It’s something we’ll be watching,” he said of the site.

“We will limit the number of links,” Varckette said.

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