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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
      2. Warrants: Payroll and vendor (sign)
      3. Minutes: March 17, 2014; March 24, 2014
      4. Annual Town Meeting Warrant (sign)
      5. Select Board Resignation
      6. Mail
      7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      8. Next Select Board Meetings: Wednesday, April 23: (Sanderson Academy building walk-through only); ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10 AM, Town Hall
      9. Executive Session if needed
      10. Close
      Select Board Meeting
      Tue, Apr 22 07:00 pm
    2. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Review with School Superintendent proposed repairs and capital upgrades 
      3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      4. Upcoming Meetings
      5. Adjourn the Meeting
      Finance Committee Meeting
      Wed, Apr 23 07:00 pm
    3. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Sanderson Academy walkthrough: Review with School Superintendent proposed repairs and capital upgrades
      3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      4. Upcoming Meetings
      5. Adjourn the Meeting
      Select Board Meeting
      Wed, Apr 23 07:00 pm
    4. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Acting Chair)
      2. Hear and discuss update/presentation by Long Range School Planning Group
      3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      4. Upcoming Meetings
      5. Adjourn the Meeting
      Finance Committee Meeting
      Thu, Apr 24 07:00 pm
    5. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      3. budget
      4. go over clean up day plan
      5. upper park
      6. lower park
      7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      8. Upcoming Meetings
      9. Adjourn the Meeting
      Parks Commission Meeting
      Mon, Apr 28 08:00 pm
    6. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Appointments
      3. Re-Organize Board
      4. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      5. Maps/Deeds Discussion
      6. CAI Contract
      7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      8. Upcoming Meetings
      9. Adjourn the Meeting
      Board of Assessors Meeting
      Mon, May 5 06:00 pm
    7. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Appointments
      3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      4. Review mail
      5. Discussion and review of Senior Housing Draft Bylaw
      6. Update on wireless internet antenna on Town Hall steeple
      7. Discussion on telecommunications bylaw
      8. Update and discussion on wind power
      9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      10. Upcoming Meetings
      11. Adjourn the Meeting
      Planning Board Meeting
      Wed, May 7 07:30 pm
    8. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      3. Townhall WiFi 
      4. VOIP Progress
      5. Windows Server
      6. Internet Service
      7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      8. Upcoming Meetings
      9. Adjourn the Meeting
      Technology Committee Meeting
      Thu, May 8 09:00 am
    9. Agenda
      FRANKLIN COUNTY 
      HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY
      Next collection: September 20, 2014
      
      Collection sites at GCC and Orange Transfer Station
      
      Pre-registration required! 
      
      
      For residents and businesses in the following towns: 
      Athol, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill*, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange*, Petersham, Phillipston, Rowe, Royalston, Shelburne, Sunderland*, Warwick, Wendell, Whately
      *Residents of Gill, Orange, and Sunderland must pay to participate. 
      You must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Pre-registration is not yet open for the 2014 collection. After registering, you will receive a postcard in the mail assigning you a time and giving you directions to the collection site. Please call our office if you haven't received a card within five business days of submitting your information. 
      
      Businesses will be charged for disposal cost. 
      Call 413-772-2438 for business registration information.
       
      WHAT TO BRING 
      Any substance labeled: 
      CAUSTIC, TOXIC, CORROSIVE,  
      POISON, FLAMMABLE, WARNING, DANGER, CAUTION
      ANTIFREEZE 
      ARTS & CRAFTS SUPPLIES 
      ASPHALT SEALER 
      AUTOMOBILE BATTERIES 
      BATTERIES: BUTTON or RECHARGEABLE
      BRAKE FLUID 
      CARBURETOR CLEANER 
      CHEMISTRY KITS 
      CREOSOTE 
      DEGREASERS 
      DRAIN CLEANERS 
      ENGINE DEGREASER 
      FLEA POWDER 
      FLUORESCENT LIGHTS 
      FUNGICIDES
      FURNITURE POLISH
      GASOLINE
      GAS TREATMENTS 
      HERBICIDES 
      INSECT SPRAYS 
      KEROSENE
      LIGHTER FLUID 
      MERCURY THERMOMETERS 
      MERCURY THERMOSTATS
      METAL POLISH 
      MOTHBALLS 
      MURIATIC ACID 
      NO-PEST STRIPS 
      OVEN CLEANERS
      
      PAINT: OIL-BASED or LEAD ONLY (NO 
           LATEX)
      PAINT THINNERS 
      PESTICIDES 
      PHOTO CHEMICALS 
      POOL CHEMICALS 
      RADIATOR FLUSHER 
      RODENT KILLERS 
      ROOFING TAR 
      ROOT KILLERS
      RUST PROOFERS 
      SEALANTS 
      SOLVENTS 
      SPOT REMOVER
      STAINS
      TOILET CLEANERS 
      TRANSMISSION FLUID
      UPHOLSTERY CLEANER
      USED MOTOR OIL
      VARNISH 
      WOOD STRIPPERS  
      WOOD PRESERVATIVES
      
       
      WHAT NOT TO BRING
      
      LATEX PAINT, ASBESTOS, GAS CYLINDERS, RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL, EMPTY CONTAINERS FROM HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS, EXPLOSIVES INCLUDING AMMUNITION AND FIREWORKS
      Household Hazardous Waste Day - FCSWMD
      Sat, Sep 20
    10. Agenda
      2014
      Franklin County Clean Sweep Collections
      spring:  Saturday, May 17th 
      fall:  Saturday, October 18th
      
      More info call 413-772-2438
      	
      for residents of the following towns: 
      Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Whately
         
      WHEN: 	Saturday, May 17, 2014 and
      Saturday, October 18, 2014
      9 a.m. to noon	
      WHERE: 	Buckland Recreation Facility, 
      Route 112-S, one half mile south of
      Mohawk Trail High School
      
      Northfield Highway Garage,
      Caldwell Rd. (off Route 142)
      
      Whately Transfer Station, 
      Christian Lane (off Route 10)	
      
      WHAT  
      TO BRING:	
      Tires 
      Scrap Metal 
      Appliances (doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers)
      Upholstered Furniture 
      Mattresses 
      Carpeting 
      Construction & Demolition Debris 
      Computers 
      Televisions 
      Electronics
      VCRs
      Microwaves 
      BBQ Grill Tanks 
      Bulky Items
      
       
       
      PLEASE  
      DO NOT BRING:	
      Yard Waste
      Brush
      Tree Stumps
      Asbestos 
      Paint
      Auto Batteries
      Oil Tanks
      Hazardous Materials
      Trash
      Bulky Waste Day - FCSWMD
      Sat, Oct 18 09:00 am

    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

    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