Letter: Bristol needs a new town website

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To the editor:

The Town Council spent a considerable amount of time debating the use of (

or not to use ) dollars remaining from the salary from the now vacant economic development

position. The initial proposal made to the Council was, in

my opinion, not targeted enough to warrant approval. After additional

requests for more specifics, there was still no agreement from the Council.

As I am sure you are aware, I have been a vocal advocate of making our

website more user friendly and informative. Because of this, Diane

Williamson, our Director of Community Development, reached out to me to

discuss the possibility of using the above mentioned dollars to

change/rebuild the Town of Bristol's website.

I see tremendous opportunity in our website being improved. Why? Multiple

reasons. First, it should be quick and easy to see upcoming meetings,

contact Elected officials or Town employees, review the budget, etc.

Second, when the Town applies for grants, the website is the first place

these entities look to for a window into Bristol. After all, first

impressions are lasting impressions. Third, when new potential residents and

businesses consider Bristol, they typically view our website .

Fourth, Bristol businesses and residents use the website for understanding

the approval process for building permits, Historic District Commission

approvals, etc.

These are just a few examples that speak to the need for a highly functional

and attractive website. The Town Council voted in favor of going out to bid

for the website.

The next step is the town will put the "new" website design, build , and

hosting out to bid to receive not only competitive prices, but high quality

servicing.

It is my belief that improving Bristol's website is an important piece of

the puzzle that will drive economic development and will keep the people of Bristol

informed and aware.

Nathan Calouro

Bristol Town Council

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