In the next two months, residents and those interested in government and community news will have a new resource in the Village of Sag Harbor’s website, according to Sag Harbor Village Trustee Robby Stein, who has been re-designing the homepage with the help of April Gornik and John Monteleone of Hamptons Web Design.
In addition to the current government information – board minutes, meeting times, village departments, the village’s comprehensive plan and code book – available at www.sagharborny.gov, the new webpage will also provide visitors with content on Sag Harbor’s history, community organizations and civic groups, environmental activities and recreation, as well as resources about Sag Harbor’s commercial district and maps of walking trails in the area.
“Basically, [Sag Harbor Fire Marshall] Tim Platt designed a basic site and what you can get is village government information; but realistically, as a village, we can communicate a lot more, from what events are going on locally, to things that would attract someone to come to Sag Harbor,” said Stein on Monday.
Stein added he would also like to see the webpage offer residents access to municipal forms and maps of the area, for those either interested in taking a hike on the Long Pond Greenbelt, or shoppers looking to explore Sag Harbor’s main street. Active weather forecasts and a tide table will also appear on the website’s homepage, as well as any announcements or weather and emergency management alerts.
A village newsletter is also in the works, he said, and would be linked to the website.
“The idea is to let the village be a conduit for volunteer agencies,” added Stein, with the webpage offering hyperlinks to various community groups for those interested in lending a helping hand.
From a governmental perspective, Stein said the village is also working on a minutes program that will allow a direct feed to the website, eliminating the extra hours spent re-typing board minutes currently recorded with audio cassettes.
Browsers will also have the option of signing up to a village e-mail list, which will send out e-mail blasts about community events and alerts.
“We want to speed everything up,” he said. “Make it more contemporary.”
The website is currently in the design phase, with village trustees approving the expenditure of $2,000 last week for Monteleone’s firm to develop a rough draft for the board to review, working off a template designed by Gornik. A draft is expected sometime in the next month, said Stein.
Monteleone will also instruct village employees on how to operate the site, which will be maintained in-house, according to Stein. He predicted, after the initial $2,000, the website will cost another $3,000, at the most, to complete.
“One of the ideas I’m hoping will work out is to link up with someone from the high school who runs their media department and maybe we could encourage students to help with the site as a part of their community service,” said Stein.
“It is really a work in progress,” he continued, crediting Gornik and Monteleone for coming up with the basic design, which he said would evolve before it is unveiled online, likely before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.