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Town Web site up and running

Nick Foster

Hayden residents can research town codes, track the activities of the Town Board and Planning Commission, or read upcoming agendas or past meeting minutes without leaving home.

After more than a year of planning and working with designs and designers, the town’s Web site, http://www.townofhayden.org, is online.

The site features information about the town’s government, public works and police department, with phone numbers and links to e-mail addresses for staff members, trustees and members of the Planning Commission and Economic Development Commission. Site visitors also can view meeting agendas and minutes or send feedback to the town about town activities.

After several attempts to launch the Web site through different individuals and companies, town staff chose GovOffice, a Web site design company that specializes in government sites.

Town staff members Susan Irvine and Lisa Johnston had seen several municipal sites, and the one they liked best — that of Pagosa Springs — was designed by GovOffice. Beyond its aesthetic features, the site featured a search function.

“The search function was vitally important to us,” Irvine said. “For finding documents, it’s important to have good search function. When we go to other municipalities, we’re usually looking for one specific document. So, when people come to our Web site, we want them to be able to find what they are looking for.”

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The Web site through GovOffice cost the town $760, including a license fee of $400 and $360 annually to maintain the site.

Initially, Colorado Mountain College’s Steve Serrag began to design the site, but problems arose when the town requested to have the search function. Serrag then moved out of state, and the town began to look elsewhere to start its search engine.

The town Web site features online forms that can be printed for registering on boards and committees, applying for a job or requesting to be on the agenda for Town Board or Planning Commission. It also features a feedback function for those who want to compliment or complain. All recommendations, comments or suggestions are welcome, Irvine said.