Orange selectmen approve website redesign, announce holiday hours
ORANGE >> The Board of Selectmen has approved a “two-click solution” for updating the town’s website.
Members also announced holiday hours for town departments and noted the holiday tree on the Town Green has different lights than those at the recent tree lighting.
The plan to update the website using Civic Plus was announced by Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan, who said he has money in this year’s budget, and some from last year, to have the company do the redesign.
“They want our town website to succeed,” O’Sullivan said. “We have to get complete buy-in from all our town employees.”
O’Sullivan said Civic Plus has an excellent record of retaining clients: 98 to 99 percent.
With a new website, residents will be only “two clicks away” from getting answers about polling places, transfer station hours and Recreation Department information. They will be able to pay taxes and even cast absentee ballots online.
Residents will be able to apply for marriage certificates online and sign up for alerts, O’Sullivan said. The website can include meeting agendas and minutes.
O’Sullivan said the cost will be $5,000-$10,000, and the change will streamline the workload for town employees, although departments will be responsible for posting information.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli announced that town offices will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 23 and will be closed Dec. 26 since Christmas falls on Sunday. The same model will hold true for New Year’s weekend: town offices will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 30 and will be closed Jan. 2.
The transfer station, however, will remain open until 4 p.m. on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.
In response to a comment from Selectwoman Judy Williams about how wonderful the white lights look on the town Christmas tree, Zeoli talked about how he had them changed.
The lights that were named a shade of white that were originally on the tree for the annual lighting had a yellow tinge, he said.
Zeoli said the light company issued a refund and he received $520 worth of new lights for $400. Public Works Department employees replaced 1,000 bulbs. he said.