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Its not Rocket Science

Small towns need as much help with their websites as bigger towns.

Small towns can't afford to pay as much as bigger towns.

Town Websites offers more, for less.

It's elementary

Town Websites believes in its mission: providing all of the services that a small town needs to build and maintain a website as good as larger municipalities are capable of, with a predictable budget appropriate to the financial resources of a town.

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Sherlock Holmes


Municipal Focus

Efficient tools adaptable to work the way your departments prefer to work to gather and present municipal information.

Documents Demonstration

  • Special Permit Application FormApplication for Special Permit, Variance, or other Zoning Relief as adopted Dec 6, 2012
  • Special Permit or Variance OverviewInstructions and overview for Special Permit, Variance, and Zoning relief, as adopted Dec 6 2012
  • Rules and RegulationsZoning Board of Appeals Procedural Rules and Regulations
  • Shelburne Zoning BylawsTown of Shelburne Zoning Bylaws as updated May 7, 2013
  • Events Calendar

    1. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Appointments
      3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings -  October 20, 2014
      4. Signatures -   Monthly List
      5. Chapter Land Applications
      6. Finance Committee- Financial Policies Manual
      7. Buckland
      8. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      9. Upcoming Meetings- November 17
      10. Adjourn the Meeting
      Board of Assessors Meeting
      Mon, Nov 3 06:00 pm
    2. Agenda

      As Lower Hall will be set up for Election Day on Tuesday, November 4, the Select Board Meeting will be held in the Committee Room at the back of Lower Hall

      1. Open
      2. Warrants: Payroll and vendor (sign)
      3. Minutes: October 20, 2014
      4. Appointments: a. Dan Buttrick, Tighe & Bond: Ashfield Lake Dam report; b. Brian Clark, Technology Committee: MBI November 6 meeting
      5. Old Business: a. Executive Administrator vs. Town Administrator discussion; b. Central Franklin Country District Veteran's Services merger request (sign)
      6. New Business: a. Massachusetts Cultural Council contract for Ashfield Cultural Council (sign); b. Western Massachusetts Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement (sign); c. The Mediation & Training Collaborative Letter of Agreement (sign)
      7. Liaison Reports
      8. Mail
      9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      10. Public Comment
      11. Next Select Board Meetings: Monday, November 17, 2014; Monday, December 1, 2014
      12. Close
      Select Board Meeting
      Mon, Nov 3 07:00 pm
    3. Agenda
      1. Health Agents Reports
      2. Inspection Reports
      3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      4. Flu Clinic
      5. Bed Bug Presentation Update
      6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      7. Upcoming Meetings
      8. Public comments if time allows
      Board of Health Meeting
      Wed, Nov 5 05:30 pm
    4. Agenda

      The Ashfield Sewer Commission will conduct a public hearing concerning proposed changes to Sewer Regulations.  You can find proposed changes on the Sewer Commission page on the website, at town hall, or at the Treatment Plant.

      The hearing will be held at 5pm on Thursday, November 20th at the Ashfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, 705 Conway Road, Ashfield MA.

      Sewer Hearing Meeting
      Thu, Nov 20 05:00 pm


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    Example coming soon
    Example coming soon

    Click the link below for an example

    Town of Colrain, MA Assessor Maps


    Responsive design is a buzzword for websites that adapt to different devices ranging from cell phones to tablets to laptops to large screen desktops.

    For most of our small town clients, where cell phone service is limited and broadband may be even more limited, it is more important for a website to have pages that load quickly on dialup service than it is to provide content specially formatted for mobile devices. Please check the Dialup section below to see why.

    Typical content management systems that do 'responsive' do it with bloated frameworks and templates that are not dialup friendly. As this website demonstrates, Townwebsites can give you all the buzz you want, and can generally do it in a truly 'responsive' way - dialup responsive, but we usually recommend simple solutions, common sense, and paying most of your attention on getting the content right rather than thinking too much about how to use the latest gadgets to present the content.

    Phone Cow
    Tablet Cow
    Desktop Cow


    Below are videos of two small-town municipal websites that demonstrate why dialup performance matters. One is from Town Websites, and displays a basic page layout within 5 seconds and complete graphics in 36 seconds. The other takes more than two minutes to reach a stable display. Click play on the two videos to see the results for yourself.

    Not a Town Websites website

    Is a Town Websites website

    You can duplicate dialup performance yourself using the Web Page Test website.

    The Town of Stockbridge has a very attractive website - it won the Massachusetts Municipal Association's website award for the 'best website - town under 2000 population' this year. I hope everyone in Stockbridge who wants to visit the website has broadband!

    Some Tools and Services we use

    Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat PDF
    Akeeba Backup and Admintools Pro
    Amazon Web Services
    Centos 6
    Digital Ocean SSD VPS
    Google Apps calendar
    Joomla CMS - Open Source Matters
    Microsoft Word and Excel
    Knownhost Managed VPS
    Linode VPS
    Nicon Cameras - D7100
    PHP scripting and Mysql database