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Miller keeps Boonsboro site current

February 05, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - Describing herself as a self-taught computer aficionado, Kim Miller has been enjoying her work updating and improving the Town of Boonsboro's Web site.

The Web site - www.boonsboromd.govoffice2.com - originally was set up by the town about four years ago, but Miller said it was very basic and rarely updated. The town recently decided it needed to do better.

Miller, who has been the town's administrative assistant since August, has expanded her duties by taking on the Web site.

Miller said the site is patterned after the one in nearby Middletown, Md. Looking at that site gave her some ideas on how to improve the one for Boonsboro.

A company came in and helped with the process, and the new site premiered over the summer.

Miller has incorporated a page for the mayor and council, as well as for the various commissions operating in Boonsboro. There is information on when meetings are being held and agendas for those meetings.

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Minutes from previous meetings also are posted, she said.

A running calendar is maintained, with items added and deleted, sometimes several times a day.

Community events get good play, as does the quarterly town newsletter.

The site also includes links for all of the schools' Web sites, and lists school sporting events, Miller said.

Miller said she maintains a free alphabetical list of businesses on the site.

"I also do surrounding areas like Keedysville, Sharpsburg, Brownsville, etc.," Miller said.

A recent addition to the site includes requests for bids, such as on upgrades to the pavilions at Shafer Memorial Park.

Megan Clark, the new's town planning director, has arranged for application forms to be accessible from the site.

There are some generic photos on the Web site, which Miller hopes to replace with actual Boonsboro-area pictures. There already are full-color shots of the town's banner and the Washington Monument.

Prior to becoming the town's administrative assistant, Miller worked for the Boonsboro Planning and Zoning office since 2006, and was a substitute teacher for six or seven years.

A native of Johnstown, Pa., Miller has lived in Boonsboro for 15 years. She is married and has two children.

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