Keedysville starts town Web site

September 16, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

KEEDYSVILLE - Keedysville residents will now be able to contact their council members, report a utility problem or learn their community's history at a Web site devoted to the town.

Councilman Richard Walton created the site at about a week ago as a way for busy residents to keep in touch, he said.

Not everyone can get to the town's monthly meetings and others may be too shy to speak in public, so they can e-mail their concerns, Walton said.


"The town needs a forum for discussion," he said.

The home page lists a main menu with such categories as About Keedysville, Municipal Government, Community Resources and Communications.

E-mail addresses for the town clerk, mayor, assistant mayor and each of the council members are listed as well as addresses for planning and zoning and appeals committee members.

The town's Web site is still evolving and Walton said he welcomes suggestions from the public. Walton said he collaborated with Councilman Barry Levey in creating the site.

Residents can learn about water restrictions, trash collection and recycling at the site.

The results of a Maryland State Highway Administration traffic study on town roads are also posted on the site.

Walton said he plans to add photos of the town and a map and may include a bulletin board where residents can write columns and submit information about their families, trips or upcoming events.

He said he would like to include interviews with long-time residents about their history and that of the town.

Community information about area restaurants, churches and the library's hours and book club is also included.

A special section is devoted to the services offered at the Little Antietam Day Care Center and the Little Antietam Medical Center in the former school building on Wyand Drive.

Walton said he may post photos and vignettes when he returns from an upcoming trip to China.

He hopes many residents will use the site and share their ideas for the town.

The Web site is also a place for people to lodge complaints, he said. It will be checked regularly, and information from the e-mails will be discussed at council meetings.

Having greater input from residents will aid council members in "informed decision-making," Walton said.

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