The Town Board is considering hiring a firm to redesign and host the town’s website, which is 10 years old and now hosted by Erie County.
Board members and other town officials talked about the need to update the town’s website at the work session that preceded last week’s Town Board meeting, a discussion prompted by recent delays in the posting of meeting documents on the website.
The Town Clerk’s Office emails to an employee in the county’s Department of Information Support Services the digital files containing the agenda and the pre-filled resolutions for the Monday board meeting.
The emails usually go out by early afternoon Friday and the documents – along with a list of communications received by the town over the previous week, submitted by a secretary in the Supervisor’s Office – typically are posted by the close of business Friday, Town Clerk Johanna Coleman said.
However, the agenda and pre-filled resolutions for the board meetings held Jan. 22 – a Tuesday, because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – and last Monday were not posted until the days of the meetings, town officials said.
“In defense of the county, they’re doing us a favor,” Coleman said in an interview.
But a group of residents had pushed to get the meeting documents added to the town’s website, in a timely fashion, and Coleman and Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli said last Monday that the delayed document postings were one more reason to consider a revamping of the site.
No decision was made at last week’s meeting but town officials plan to explore the cost of a redesign and third-party hosting.
The county hosts the websites of about a half-dozen towns. Peter Anderson, a spokesman for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, told The News that information support services employees are working set up a content management system that would allow officials in these towns to post the documents to their websites.
Also this week:
• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway, preceded by a work session at 6.
• The School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Lancaster Middle School, 148 Aurora St., followed by a budget work session.
• The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency meets at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Village Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building.
• The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.
• Tax counselors are providing income-tax preparation assistance to members of the Lancaster Senior Center each Thursday through April 4. The free tax counseling is offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is a service of the AARP and the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.
Interested residents should bring their prior year’s returns, current W-2s and 1099s and other relevant documents. For more information, call the center at 685-3498.