JAMESTOWN – Officials in Falconer are looking to improve the village’s online presence.
During the August village board meeting on Monday night, Nicholas and Caitlin Gunner from Orbitis provided the officials with an outline of online services they could offer that would help the village communicate with the public.
The village’s current website is a single, static page that provides a director of village officials and their contact information, along with a link to the village Farmers Market page and a note of when village meetings take place.
The website is short on transparency and does not provide the agenda for upcoming board meetings, nor the minutes from past public meetings, budget information, taxes and fees, or expenditures.
Falconer Mayor James Rensel said the village wants to be able to communicate better with residents and the public with a website that not only provides general municipal government information, but also an events calendar and a directory of local businesses.
Orbitis was brought in this week to provide details on their services, including how their websites function along with the costs associated. The company has already created a website for clients including the village of Westfield, the County Land Bank, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
The basic cost for having Orbitis host and service the village’s website would be an estimated $1620 per year.
No decision was made regarding upgrading the village website and Rensel said officials will continue looking into the matter in the coming months.