BEEKMANTOWN - The town of Beekmantown is now on-line.
The town recently launched its new Web site, www.townofbeekmantown.com, which has been a development several months in the making, said Councilwoman Sydney Garrant. The site, developed by Garrant Consulting of Massena with the assistance of a committee of several local residents and professionals, was mainly created to benefit residents of the town, she said.
"We wanted a place for our citizens to come to for information," said Garrant. "They're busy and don't always have time to get to our meetings, so this gives them that information."
The other aspect of the Web site's creation was to attract newcomers to the town, said Garrant.
"We also wanted a place for anyone from outside the town who had an interest in development, for example, to learn about our industrial park or other places in the town," said Garrant. "We also wanted to give them information about places within the town like Point au Roche or Beartown [Ski Area]."
"We're just trying to get as much information on the Web site as possible that might be useful to anyone," she added,
Town secretary Stacie L. Winchell was among those on the committee that developed the Web site and said she feels the site does just that.
"People can download forms they would need, there's information about code enforcement, a community calendar," said Winchell. "It's mainly based on what people in the community asked for - things which would be easier if they were found on the Internet as opposed to calling or coming down to the town office."
The site also includes contact information for the Beekmantown Central School District and organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Busy B's Senior Group.
"My favorite is the Business and Community section," said Winchell. "It gives the businesses in our town a chance to put up what they have to offer for the people."
Already two dozen businesses are listed on the site, with more to come, said Garrant.
"We wanted a spot to advertise businesses in the town, but we're also looking to add business outside the town owned by town residents," she said.
The more information the town can get out to the residents and to those outside the town, the better, said Garrant.
"I think [the Web site] is a vital tool for people in the town and for anyone looking for information pertaining to our town," she said. "This is the 21st century. Everything is on-line."
"The site isn't done, either. We add to it every day," said Winchell.
Those wishing to have information added to the site may contact Winchell by filling out a Contact Us form on the Web site, or by calling the town office at 563-4650.