D o you have a hard time remembering the hours at the transfer station or have an important question to ask your elected official, but don’t know how to get a hold of them? Or maybe you wanted to know more about what’s going on in Whitehall? Now you can find the answers to all these questions and more in a centralized location without leaving the comfort of your own home.
The Village of Whitehall, led by trustee Marge Mohn, unveiled a municipal website earlier this month that provides information and direct links to organizations within the community.
The project, which has been several months in the making, helps move Whitehall into the 21st century and is a clearinghouse for community-related information.
“It’s something people can go to and find information on Whitehall,” Mohn said during the last village board meeting. “I think it’s really nice.”
The site has a variety of information ranging from the contact information of board members to interesting facts and photos of Whitehall.
“Pretty much anything Whitehall related,” she said.
The website, www.whitehallny.info, includes links to other websites people may find of interest, such as the Washington County municipal site, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company, the Whitehall Police Department and the Chamber of Commerce.
It also includes a calendar of events that allow users to search for community events, meetings and other happenings month by month.
The site will also be helpful to those new to the community or those who simply want to learn more about Whitehall.
For instance, the home page of the website features a brief history of the founding of the village with various keywords that serve as hyperlinks to Wikipedia, providing more in-depth information on topics such as the War of 1812, Philip Schuyler, the Champlain Canal and Lake Champlain.
The website helps fill a void in the community and the county in general.
Of the nine villages in Washington County, only Argyle, Cambridge, and Hudson Falls have municipal websites linked to the official Washington County website (some villages, such as Granville have a website but they aren’t linked to the county site). That number increases when you factor in towns, but nearly half (eight of 17) still lack a website, including Granville, Dresden, and Putnam.
Mohn had offered the town the opportunity to be included on the site but they decline. Incoming Town Councilman Stephanie Safka, however did receive permission to create a facebook page for the town that would include general information, such as meeting times and other events.
The village’s website cost about $100 to create.
Although the website isn’t completely finished-there are a few glitches to work out and some finishing touches to apply-it is up and accessible to local residents who want to check it out.
“I think it’s a good thing for Whitehall,” Mohn said.