Lower Nazareth debuts improved Web site

Friday, January 30, 2009
The Express-Times

L. NAZARETH TWP. | Township supervisors have announced a new Web site, filled with new features and easier on the eyes than the old clunker.

The site was launched Jan. 15, giving supervisors two weeks to kick the tires and check under the hood.

The Web address is lowernazareth.com, which opens onto an uncluttered blue and deep red home page easily navigated by Web novices.

"Even my wife can do it, and she never is on the Web," said township Manager Timm Tenges after the meeting.

Resident Joe Greene, semiretired after 20 years working with Lucent Technologies, helped assess the site and made recommendations for improvements.

On Wednesday night, the supervisors thanked Greene, who said, "I might even take down my own Web site now."

Greene is known throughout the township for providing updates at Citizens Involved in Government (lowernazareth.org) that hadn't been available on the older official site.

"I would have never had my site if this (new one) would have been there," he said. "But I'm not giving up my blog," he said. "I've got to get my opinions out there."

Greene's blog address is forum.lowernazareth.org.

Enternet, the township's computer service provider, did the work on the new site after receiving input from supervisors, Greene, township Secretary Tammi Dravecz and others.

Supervisors Chairman Alan Dilsaver said, "They did a nice job. This really makes it easy for citizens to communicate with us."

Residents can log on and request forms, meeting agendas, minutes and records to help them understand what's going on in their township and how to get information without having to run to the municipal building.

Tenges said the automation should make the township staff's workday easier and more productive because residents can find what they need by themselves. He added township workers are always willing to help anyone, including people without computers.

The site has a "crawler," words marching across the screen, to get pressing information out, such as snow emergency warnings.

Staff writer Tony Nauroth can be reached at 610-258-7171 or at tnauroth@express-times.com.

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