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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 -  Town Counsel at 6 p.m.
      3. Executive Session:  Appellate Tax Board Cases    X306391 Luce/Glover vs. Board of Assessors  F327639 Ashfield House LLC. (2015) vs. Board of  Assessors             F328909 (2016) vs. Board of Assessors                        The Board of Assessors will enter into executive session, per M.G.L. c.30A, Section21 (a) (3), to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting will have detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body, as declared by the chair.
      4. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings - May 16, 2016
      5. Property Values after inspection - if time allows
      6. Meet with the Selectboard at 7 p.m. regaring the TAP enrollment program.
      7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      8. Upcoming Meetings -  June 13 @ 8:30 a.m. 
      9. Adjourn the Meeting
      Board of Assessors Meeting
      Tue, May 31 06:00 pm
    2. Agenda

      1.  MEETING CONVENES
           A.  Announcement on recording devices
      2.  REVIEW MINUTES, WARRANTS
           A.  Minutes – 05-23-2016
      3.  APPOINTMENTS WITH BOARD OF SELECTMEN
           A.  Board of Assessors – TAP Program Overview
           B.  Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Update – Peggy Sloan
      4.  DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS
           A.  Belding Memorial Library Roofing & Masonry Repointing Bid Award
           B.  FM Generator Maintenance Contract for WWTP Generator
           C.  Request for Transfer between Appropriation
           D.  Community Compact – Solid Waste and Site Cleanup Priorities
           E.  Salary Study Request for Quotes
           F.  Select Board Priorities List
           G.  Select Board Liaison List
           H.  Permanent Town Administrator Position
           I.  By-Law discussion and approach – Large-scale, industrial construction projects
      5.  INTERIM TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
      6.  MAIL
      7.  LIAISON
      8.  PUBLIC COMMENT
      9.  * ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
      10. UPCOMING MEETINGS
      11. 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
      Tue, May 31 07:00 pm
    3. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)

      2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings

      3. Treasurer Report

      4. Discuss senior housing in Ashfield

      5. Discuss upcoming monthly dinner meetings for 2016 -  1. June: Steve & Tom                                                2. July: Annual Picnic Upper Town Park                         (Lui Collins)                            

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

      7. Public Comment

      8. Upcoming Meetings

      9. Adjourn the Meeting

      Council on Aging Meeting
      Wed, Jun 1 02:00 pm
    4. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Appointments
      3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      4. Senior housing draft bylaw and survey
      5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      6. Upcoming Meetings
      7. Adjourn the Meeting
      Planning Board Meeting
      Wed, Jun 1 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
    Example coming soon

    Click the link below for an example

    Town of Colrain, MA Assessor Maps

    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

    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!

    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