Pomfret receives proposal for new website provider

Another contender has thrown his hat into the ring to provide services for the town of Pomfret’s municipal website.

Councilwoman Ann Eckman announced at a recent town board meeting that Mark Coyle submitted a quote, with no long-term contract, after he read in the OBSERVER that Pomfret is seeking a new website provider.

“He actually created our website, and it is a new venture for the PennySaver,” Eckman remarked. “He would design the website for no cost, and he came in to take screenshots of our website, and he pretty much already developed a new town website.”

DFT Communications is also expected to submit a bid for services to Pomfret’s website.

The town is looking for a new provider after concerns surfaced about a lack of service from the current provider, Digital Towpath.

“I would like to see us on something that’s a little more vibrant and easy to use,” Eckman said.

Coyle’s proposal carries a lower cost than what the town currently pays, which is $612 per year.

Also during the meeting, Supervisor Donald Steger announced the Webster Road pump station should be installed around the end of June or the beginning of July. The pump station should alleviate low water pressure concerns around that area.

Councilman Scott Johnston received another letter of interest from a community member wishing to join the newly created Pomfret Fire and Emergency Response Advisory Committee, bringing the total number of community members on the committee to five, not including two town board members. The group’s first meeting should be sometime before the town board’s next regular meeting.

The board received a resignation letter from Zoning Board of Appeals alternate member Julie Schaeffer, due to personal commitments and work scheduling. Letters of interest from anyone wishing to fill the vacancy can be directed to the town clerk’s office.

Highway Superinten-dent Dan Bigelow informed the board he is looking to hire a seasonal laborer.

“We are extremely busy chasing water issues, and I feel I need some help until we get to the fall, when we’re not dealing with roadwork,” he said, adding he will check into whether or not a new hire is possible within his budget.

Various individuals were appointed as part-time seasonal employees for this year’s summer recreation program. The list includes the following people, all of whom are returning staff: EmilyAnn Pleszewski, Milton Quandt, Brianna Price, James Hobbs, Matthew Sheridan, Amanda Laurito, Sebastian McAfee, Anna Vecchio, Sarah Hart and Haley Zebraski.

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