Extreme homepage makeover: village revamping Web site

CHAMPLAIN - The village of Champlain is getting an on-line makeover.

The village Web site, www.vchamplain.com, is being revamped by ES Dream Designs, a local Web site design firm headed by Champlain resident Erin Sorrell.

Mayor Jeffrey P. Moore said Sorrel's services were contracted to make the village Web site more user-friendly and make information even more easily accessible for residents and those interested in the small Northern Tier community.

"We haven't done upgrades [to the site] for some times," said Moore. "We're updating our meeting minutes, putting some pictures of the village on the site and hoping to update it more frequently."

Though the renovation of the Web site is still in progress, Moore said he expects the Web site will be informative and eye-catching when completed.

"If people want to know what's happening in the village, it will be right there," he said. "Hopefully, it will give us more exposure for the village."

"We've gotten quite a few hits already," he added.

In addition to board meeting minutes and notices of public hearings, the Web site will feature downloadable forms for various permits, copies of annual water reports and links to various areas of interest, including the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.

Moore said the village was proud to hire utilize Sorrell's business to perform the work.

"She was local and that was big thing for us," Moore said.

The person who previously handled maintenance for the village Web site lived locally though eventually moved away, said Moore.

"She's right here, so if we need to add something, we can get right in touch with her quickly and easily," he said.

Sorrell said she is proud to design the on-line image of her hometown.

"I thought as I've grown up in Champlain that the village Web site could add a personal touch," said Sorrell, who is currently attending The College of Saint Rose in Albany, pursuing her bachelor's degree in graphic design.

The Web site is expected to be complete later this month, with updates made monthly, said Moore.

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