Selbyville revamps their town Web site look

The Town of Selbyville has a new look. At least as far as its Web site goes. Town officials launched a newly re-designed Web site this week, complete with links for town information, the fire department, local, state and federal points of interest on the Web, and weather.

Visit on the Internet to access the new, fuller, easier-to-use, page.

“We needed a new look,” said Gary Taylor, Selbyville’s town manager. “It gets stale after a while, so you have to change it around.”

The town’s railroad museum and historic library — where First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and President Richard Nixon once spoke — are featured on the spiced-up home page of the town’s new online home.

The new Web site is also easier to navigate than its predecessor, which only offered the most basic of functions. A talk-back forum can be utilized in the bottom, left corner of the Web site, and running along the top and left side are several links to find the bulk of information beyond the home page.

Links include ones to the town’s history, its police department, Selbyville’s volunteer fire company and area schools. A link labeled “Gateway to the Beach” takes visitors to a page explaining Selbyville’s long-time position as a service area for tourists headed to the beach, and chronicles recent growth patterns and success of the town.

The information beyond that link explains Selbyville as “a quiet, warm place to live with an exceptional town philosophy for future growth, allowing the relaxed style of country living to continue in a marketplace where many towns are looking for massive growth in lieu of smart growth.”

The “Great Place to Live” and “Hospitality Plus” links also atop the page continue to promote the town, while the “Civic Links,” “Friendly Government,” and “About Us” links offer visitors easily navigational and accessible access to information. Beyond tabs the first two links mentioned above, visitors can find information regarding upcoming events, town information, employment opportunities, the town’s charter, code and form of government.

Also beyond the “Friendly Government link,” anyone can download forms and applications ranging from the town’s fee schedules to an annexation steps guide, to an application for variance to a business license application.

And beyond the last link on the left side of the page, visitors can move on to the Web homes of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Playhouse Theatre, the Internal Revenue Service, the Coastal Point newspaper and much more.

Although Selbyville already maintained a Web presence, its new online home offers more information and easier-to-use navigational tools, such as toolbar links — something officials have said is important.

“People are accessing the Web now for a variety of needs,” Mark Deshon, an assistant policy scientist with the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration said in an earlier interview.

Deshon coordinates the Delaware Municipal Web Developers Group (MWDG), which is now meeting thrice yearly to discuss issues related to e-government. “I think it’s important that towns begin to recognize that it’s a more important means of communication,” he said.

According to the IPA, 37 of Delaware’s 57 municipalities currently maintain a Web presence to communicate with their citizens and visitors.