Rochester prepares for a new website

Jul 9, 2020

ROCHESTER — The town will get a new look, online at least, with a new website which it plans to roll out later this month. 

Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar said in a July 8 meeting with the Board of Selectmen that the website would use Civic Plus (the same company that does Marion and Mattapoisett’s websites), and should switch over on or around July 21. 

She liked the idea of the switch because the new website offers more flexibility and new abilities.

“It’s an important tool to be able to get information out more quickly,” Szyndlar said. 

Boards such as the Board of Health will be able to manage their own pages and post updates there or to the main website. Residents can also subscribe to mailing lists to keep up to date on town news. 

Szyndlar said that Town Clerk Paul Dawson may also explore making the new website the official posting place for town meetings so that residents would no longer have to drive to Town Hall to see posted meeting notices. However that change would have to be approved by the Attorney General and could not be implemented immediately when the site comes out.