SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The deadline to complete the village’s website has been extended due to other priorities, the Board of Trustees learned Monday night at its planning meeting.
“We made a promise, publicly, about the website,” Trustee Deborah Davis Ford said. “If the (deadline) has changed, then we should say so and why and share it.”
Village President Alex Torpey said that other priorities had overshadowed the website’s relaunch.
“There’s an enormous amount of IT work happening…that generally seems like a higher priority than the website,” Torpey said. “So it’s not that nobody has been thinking about it, it’s just that there have been other projects that have come on line since the website was first talked about.”
Torpey also said that there has been communication to and from the Public Information and Marketing committee, the website vendor and himself about final changes to the site.
Deputy Village Administrator Adam Loehner said that final date for the website’s launch is not set.
“We’re not giving dates because…of circumstances, what we’re learning about the website, what things they want to include in it have extended those times,” Loehner said.
Additional IT improvements and services were discussed at the meeting. According to Torpey, revenue from providing IT services to Maplewood has raked in between $60,000 and $70,000.
The Board also discussed plans for increasing public engagement, its social media presence, parking at SOPAC, possible changes to the jitney systems and updates to software aimed at maximizing efficiency as a governing body.
The meeting did not cover all points on the agenda and will continue Monday, Oct. 27 after the Board of Trustees meeting at South Orange Performing Arts Center.
The reporter is a student participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.