The View from over the Mountain
Another priority, though not directly impacted by the seasons, is the enhancement of the Winhall website. The website, www.winhall.org, contains contact information of Town Officials, maps, and documents for downloading, such as the Town Plan, Highway Ordinance, and municipal Facilities Use Policy. Office hours, Board meeting dates, and meeting minutes are also available on the website. The website is updated regularly and is part of the Town's efforts to move toward a more digital, paperless system.
Moving toward a paperless system is a lengthy process and a difficult task, but it is slowly being undertaken in the Town of Winhall. The first steps in the process included the implementation of employee e-mail accounts, increased use of e-mail in lieu of hard copies of internal correspondence, reducing copying and printing, and utilizing digital information via mobile devices. The Winhall Select Board now has a nearly paperless system in place, whereby Board members are provided with meeting materials digitally to review on mobile devices such as laptops and iPads during the meetings. Not only is this a cost-saving measure, but it is environmentally responsible and efficient. Cost savings and increased efficiency are crucial to municipal government operations, as well as to the taxpayers, especially now given the state of the economy.
Additional cost-saving and efficiency measures undertaken by the Town of Winhall include streamlining the employee timesheet template and obtaining computers for those departments that do not currently have access to computers. Applying for grant funding to implement projects has always been a priority for Winhall; continuing to explore funding sources and writing applications is imperative.
Find us on the web at www.winhall.org or feel free to stop by the Town Offices at 115 Vermont Route 30 in Winhall. Here in Winhall, the foliage is remarkable and the scenic views salient.
Lissa Stark is the Town Administrator of Winhall.
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