The town of Moriah has established a new website to serve residents and meet new state requirements.
Port Henry The town of Moriah has established a new website to serve residents and meet new state requirements.
The site — www.townofmoriahny.net — lists elected officials and department heads with contact information, posts agendas for upcoming town board meetings, has town board meeting minutes, copies of local laws and permits requirements.
Still under construction, the new site will soon add the town budget, monthly financial reports and the town assessment roll. It will also have links to county and state agencies.
“It’s a work in progress,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “Eventually we hope to have any information that’s available at the town hall be available on the website. The information has always been available, but most people don’t take the time to come to the town hall and get it. This makes things a little easier for our residents.”
The new website is the result of a new state law that requires municipalities to post agendas prior to meetings and to make all material relating to board resolutions available to the public.
Posting that material online for people to access is easier and cheaper than making dozens of paper copies of information to be distributed at meetings, Scozzafava said.
Moriah’s town board meeting agendas will be available on the site two or three days before every meeting, the supervisor said. Minutes from meetings will be available two or three days following the meeting.
Moriah has contracted with Mike Brenish, a Mineville resident who recently retired from the Essex County information services department, to construct and maintain the site. He will be paid $25 a hour.
Assisting Brenish are Town Clerk Elaine Adkins and trustee Rick Carpenter.
“We’re very fortunate to have a resident (Brenish) with the skills to help and who is willing to step up,” Scozzafava said. “He’s doing a great job with the help of Laney (Adkins) and Rick (Carpenter).”
Scozzafava welcomes the new technology and the ability to share information with Moriah residents.
“I’ve always been a big believer in open government and transparency,” he said. “This is another tool toward those goals. In my 24 years in office, with one exception, has anyone ever had to file a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request. If people want information I gladly give it to them.”