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People Will Be Able To Explore Brownstown On New Website
Updated December 29, 2015 5:37 AM
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(BROWNSTOWN) - People will be able to explore Brownstown with the click of a mouse.

Learning about town departments and services, paying a sewer bill, reading the latest news and finding out what events are going on will be among the features on town's new website, explorebrownstown.com. The website will be online by mid-January.

Creative Avenue, a Web development and graphic design business in Brownstown,says the website will feature photos of places around town and has clickable tabs across the top. One of the tabs is for government pages, including fire, police and sewer departments. When clicking on the subcategories, the left-hand side of the page will have general information about the department and a built-in news feed.

When the website is up and running, town council members will have access to an online dashboard to add and edit information. Each town department also will assign a person to maintain the departments' pages on the website.

The online dashboard will be accessible from a variety of devices, including cellphones, tablets and computers.

Creative Avenue also generated town Facebook and Twitter pages, and any news posted on the town website will go to those two social media sites, too. The town does not have Facebook or Twitter pages at this time.

On the right-hand side, there will be a live Google map showing where the department is located and contact information, including address, phone number and a link to its own website. When clicking on the department website link, a secondary window will open, leaving the town website up at the same time.

Another tab will take users to an events calendar. People will be able to see what's going on around town, and they also will be able to click a button to plug the events into the calendar on their smartphones or mark it on their calendar.

Along with the town departments adding events to the calendar, town officials hope to provide access to local schools, organizations and community theater so they can add items, too.

The website also has a page that lists various services in Brownstown, including churches and cable and utility providers.

In the initial proposal, design and hosting of the website was listed at $3,499.99. A year after the launch, there would be a fee for Creative Avenue to make updates to the site. After that, the town would be offered services at a discount.



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