The Millerton News
Reprinted with permission
Village of Millerton Launches Web Site
By WHITNEY JOSEPH - Editor
May 14, 2009
– At last, there’s a new and improved way to find out
all one needs to know about the village of Millerton and it is right
in line with the 21st century. That’s right: The village has
just announced the completion of its very own Web site, villageofmillerton.com.
The site is
the end result of two years of hard work, determination and vision
of village Trustee Yosh Schulman, who organized the Web Site Committee
in May 2007. At that first meeting the number who attended could
have been counted on one hand. But Schulman was not deterred. He
continued to work on the site, applied for grants (which were not
ultimately awarded) and asked for help wherever he could find it.
The final product leaves him with one feeling in particular.
he said. “I feel very relieved. It was disappointing that
it took as long as it did to figure out how it was going to get
created, but all of those original notes were addressed, so we used
as much of that original information as possible, and it was a big
help to getting this Web site.”
help was found in volunteer Steven Williams. Williams is a Web developer
who was brought on to help with the project, ultimately to be paid
for his work through grant money the village was expecting from
the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Things turned out a little differently,
however, as the grant was denied and Williams eventually volunteered
talking about it last year and Yosh was seeking a grant, but the
grant wasn’t approved and the project was getting extended
longer and longer,” Williams said. “Then we met on March
27 and he brought the actual flip charts from his meeting two years
ago with what people wanted to see on the Web site.”
years ago I would have said it was a luxury, but recently the Web
has become a very useful tool for information and helping people
find what they need and what they’re gathering. It became
clear... that it’s so important to have a Web site that it
should be written into our budget,” Schulman said, adding
that the news the village did not get the grant award really made
an impact on him. “To hear that from Berkshire Taconic, which
is in support of so many projects, really struck home. Having a
Web site empowers the citizens — it gives them access to information
at all hours, as opposed to limited hours. Now they can have access
24 hours a day.”
why Schulman, himself a computer consultant, said he is immensely
grateful to Williams for his assistance.
the village of Millerton absolutely nothing,” he said. “All
of the time for the Web development was donated by Steven. I purchased
the addresses and donated them and donated the Web space, and Steven
donated his time to create the layout.”
The design support
was necessary, because Schulman is what he described as a “general
practitioner” when it comes to computers.
the broad issues, from the computer not working to setting up an
office network,” he said. “Web site design is not one
of the things I do.”
of the site, however, is “right up his alley,” and as
a trustee he will continue to volunteer his time to do that on a
regular basis for the village.
part of it was the time-consuming part. The layout and everything
is in place. Now that that’s done, I’m happy to maintain
it,” he said.
his part, said he was pleased he could offer his time and energy
to the project. The Web developer and business consultant has an
office on the second floor at 24 Main St. in Millerton; he can be
reached at www.williamsassociates-ltd.com
for more information on the village site or Web sites in general.
Millerton a lot and would like to stay here indefinitely and to
meet more people in the business community, so what better way to
reach out?” he asked. “It’s a great way to contact
a lot of people and get a better feel for what goes on in the village.
And it’s about service to others and giving back.”
log onto villageofmillerton.com they can expect to find a home page
with a welcoming remark from the mayor, a blurb about upcoming events,
meeting schedules, a photo of downtown and links to different sections
of the site. The site offers approved minutes from board meetings,
the village’s code book, contact information and operating
hours for the various village departments, current village projects,
registration forms for programs (think summer camp, baseball, etc.),
photos from the village and a community calendar. The community
calendar will allow users to sign in and post their own events,
as well as coordinate the calendar onto their own Web sites, so
as to be as useful as possible. Schulman is hoping for the calendar
to be a “successful component” of the Web site to help
people and organizations decide how to organize their events and
avoid overlapping schedules.
To those who
are skeptical about using the Internet instead of Village Hall,
Schulman wanted to stress that it’s not a replacement, but
instead just another option.
is just making things more accessible,” he said. “Village
Hall is still there, the clerk is still there and the phone and
hall are still there. This is just providing more access, at any
time, for more people.”
Try it, you may find you like it.