(2/21) Gettysburg’s new town government
web site should look very familiar to Emmitsburg residents.
“I basically built it on the foundation of
the Emmitsburg government web site,” said Mike Hillman.
Hillman designed Emmitsburg’s web site
back in 2001 and it was based on the design for Cumberland, Maryland’s town
Hillman was contacted last year about
helping newly-elected Gettysburg Councilman John Butterfield and his wife
Judith redesign the borough’s web site for its planning and zoning department.
“He was up here the next day sitting down
at the computer and looking at the web site,” said Judith Butterfield.
Hillman listened to what the Butterfields
wanted and sent them a number of government web site’s to visit.
“Emmitsburg town government’s was the most
functional and easiest to maintain,” Hillman said.
The Butterfields agreed and Hillman
redesigned the planning and zoning web site in the same format. He also
included some new tools he had that weren’t available in the construction of
Emmitsburg’s web site.
“They (the Butterfields) showed this to
the mayor and staff and the next thing was they said, ‘Let’s just put the whole
web site in this design,’” Hillman said.
So the entire web site was redone and
launched last month. Hillman also taught Judith the things she needed to know
in order to keep it up to date in the same way Emmitsburg town staff keeps the
Emmitsburg site up to date.
“Michael will buzz in here for two hours
and when he leaves, I know how to do six new things,” Judith said.
“Everytime I did something, I brought up
the Emmitsburg web site as this is how you need to do it,” Hillman said.
When John took on the web site project, he
assured the town council, it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers anything. With
Hillman’s help, John cut the costs for the web site by two-thirds and got much
Now the Butterfields are even looking at
how Emmitsburg keeps its meeting minutes because they have found them easier to
use and more useful than the way Gettysburg keeps its minutes.
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