GREAT VALLEY — A modern look is expected to be coming to the town of Great Valley’s website after recent efforts to make it more welcoming and useful for the community.
Town board member Becky Kruszynski updated the other board members at their Monday meeting on what ideas have been discussed with website manager Sarah Phearsdorf of Southern Tier West, who hosts the website.
Kryszynski said they looked at other local municipality websites and want to have a website that will attract community members to look through it and provide information in an easy format.
“Something I asked her to do a year or two ago is add a counter on our website so we know if it’s getting the attention it should get,” she said, “and if not, maybe there is something we can do to get the word out so the public knows where to go for this information.”
Kryszynski said two former businesses have been deleted from the website and added three new ones, they added a complete list of town and private cemeteries and added a link to the Great Valley Fire Company’s website.
After reviewing what meeting minutes are available from the town and planning and zoning boards, Kruszynski said they should have minutes from the past three years on the website.
“I did ask (Phearsdorf) to add an announcement page to our website, which I’m really tickled about because it’ll be notices to the town taxpayers,” she said. “I also talked to her about adding a town calendar, specifically for things that are going on with the boards.”
Kruszynski said a calendar could also be used to let the public know when the town hall or Kill Buck Pavilion are rented for events, what the youth program schedule is or special public hearings.
There was also a question of board members and town officials continuing to use email addresses provided by the website at an extra cost or using their own personal work emails. Several board members said they never use the website emails and would rather use a new private one.
“If you have an email address you want to put on the website, or not, you can give that to me and I’ll give it to Sarah and we’ll put them next to our names,” Kruszynski said.
The website could also have the option for residents to pay their taxes online, which would be helpful amid the coronavirus pandemic, she said.
A local photographer has also agreed to provide some of his photos taken in the town for use on the website, Krurszynski said.
IN OTHER BUSINESS, board member Sandra Goode updated the board on the plan for a bike trail to go through the town connecting Springville to Salamanca.
The GObike Buffalo project held a meeting earlier in January and the final design for Great Valley’s section would primarily follow Route 219 to Mutton Hollow Road and down Klawitter Road and then cross Route 219 near the Kill Buck Road and follow an old rail trail into Salamanca, Goode said.
Town Supervisor Dan Brown expressed disappointment with the final trail route choice, saying he doesn’t want a bike trail on town roads for liability reasons.
“The plan was to go along the railroad tracks, and I questioned that then,” he added.
Goode said the project’s first choice of three options was to go along the railroad tracks, but the Route 219 option was the final decision.