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Guilderland seeks grant for Web site

In an effort to cut costs, the town of Guilderland is filing for an efficiency grant to consolidate its Web site with that of the Village of Altamont.

The town has to file for the state grant by Wednesday, Feb. 11, and can choose whether or not to accept the grant if it is awarded.

The Tuesday, Feb. 3, Town Board meeting featured recommendations by board member Warren Redlich to overhaul the Web site, and potentially find a new host to run the site.

Town Supervisor Ken Runion said a response to the application could be expected in the fall at the earliest.

The Town Board will then vote to choose to accept the grant. Runion stressed that the economy or the technology could change over the next few months, and that could affect the application.

Runion said the application for the local efficiency grant is an attempt to tap one of the few resources available to municipalities.

It's about the only grant program that's left, Runion said.

He said the Village of Altamont and the town could share software to run the Web sites together and save the money they spend to individually license the software.

Yearly maintenance of the site is approximately $3,500. The Village of Altamont pays the same amount, but under the grant, the municipalities would need to pay only one amount.

Both towns would maintain individual Web addresses, but could link to each other.

"It would appear as if the two Web sites were integrated," Runion said.

He also said the town is also looking to add video to the Web site to broadcast town, planning and zoning board meetings.

The broadcasts could also feature closed captioning.

He said the initial cost to run video would include purchasing an encoder, which could run close to $11,000, however the grant application would cover $10,000 of it.

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