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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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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 – January 11 and January 11th Executive Session

      4.    Signatures- Monthly Lists – MV December 2016, Hillier Chapter Lien

      5.    Review Form of List and 3ABC Forms

      6.    Town vs. Ashfield House follow-up

      7.    Budget Prep

      8.    Annual Town Report

      9.    Move the Remainder of Chapter Land Files from Former Office

      10.  JM – Attending MAAO Course 3 in March/April

      11.   Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting

      12.   Upcoming Meeting:  February 13 at 6 p.m.  Meet with Selectboard and Finance at 7 p.m.

      13.   Adjourn the Meeting

      1. Executive Session – Exemptions, Abatements 

      The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  Not all items listed may in fact be discussed, and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

       

       

      Board of Assessors Meeting
      Mon, Jan 23 06:00 pm
    2. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meeting
      3. Director's Report
      4. Staff Evaluations
      5. Treasurer's Report
      6. Building & Maintenance
      7. Any other item not anticipated by Chair
      8. Upcoming Meetings
      9. Adjourn the Meeting
      Library Meeting
      Mon, Jan 23 07:00 pm
    3. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      3. Review and complete annual report for the state
      4. Review current grant status and plans for remaining funds
      5. Review Fire Station office heat problem
      6. Town Annual Report plan
      7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      8. Upcoming Meetings
      9. Adjourn the Meeting
      Green Communities Committee Meeting
      Mon, Jan 23 07:00 pm
    4. Agenda

      1.  MEETING CONVENES
          A.  Announcement on recording devices
      2.  CONSENT AGENDA
          Minutes    01/09/17    • As Submitted    • As Amended
          Warrants                 W17-15 Payroll    W17-15 Vendor       
          Annual Licenses        Used Car Dealers        Gerry’s Auto Sales, Roberts Brothers Lumber
      3.  APPOINTMENTS WITH SELECT BOARD
          A.  Zoning Board of Appeals – Request for appointment of Faye Whitney, Associate member to a three-year term
          B.  Highway Department Update – Tom Poissant, Highway Superintendent
          C.  Town Meeting Warrant – Buz Eisenberg, Moderator
      4.  DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS
          A.  Police Chief Search
          B.  Police Department Policies for approval
          C.  Approval for borrowing for backhoe
          D.  FRCOG DLTA Funding Request Notice
          E.  2016 Annual Report and Dedication
          F.  Mold Remediation update
          G.  MBI Communications
          H.  Broadband Financing
      5.  TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
      6.  MAIL
      7.  PUBLIC COMMENT
      8.  * ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
      9.  UPCOMING MEETINGS
      10. ADJOURN
      The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  Not all items listed may in fact be discussed, and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.


      Select Board Meeting
      Mon, Jan 23 07:00 pm
    5. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)

      2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings

      3. Snowmobile Route through Peter Coren's Property

      4. Park Commission RDA Meeting, Belding Memorial Park

      5. On-line Building Permits

      6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting

      7. Upcoming Meetings

      8. Adjourn the Meeting

      Conservation Commission Meeting
      Wed, Jan 25 07:30 pm
    6. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Review Minutes
      3. Upper Park
      4. Lower Park
      5. Survey
      6. Town Spectacle
      7. Budget
      Parks Commission Meeting
      Thu, Feb 16 07:30 pm

    Members

    NameTitleContactTerm
    Albert EinsteinChair
    Erwin SchrödingerCan't Touch This Cat
    Niels BohrAtomic Diagram Expert
    Richard FeynmanChief Lecturer
    Chief PhysicistAlbert Einstein
    HoursTuesdays 10am-4pm
    Picture for Albert Einstein
    Example coming soon
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    Click the link below for an example

    Town of Colrain, MA Assessor Maps

    Dialup

    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!

    Responsive

    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

    Some Tools and Services we use

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