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Simpsonville hits the Web

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By Steve Doyle

Simpsonville now has its own true place in the world, the World Wide Web that is.

And it has less to do with Saddlebred horses than it does technology.

The city of Simpsonville has launched a new Web site at www.cityofsimpsonvilleky.com, joining Shelbyville and Shelby County with informational portals for residents.

Simpsonville's site, built by The Web Guys of Elizabethtown, offers visitors all sorts of avenues for access to information about the city and surrounding area, contacts with city departments and officials and event schedules.

Featuring a handsome slide show of scenes and events held in Simpsonville, the site offers residents, too, a much simpler line to being involved in the governing of the city. As its pages are fully populated, the site will include public notifications of agendas and minutes for city commission and committee meetings and forms from parks and recreation leagues and events.

Commissioner Cary Vowels, a longtime member of the city’s government, was the man who orchestrated the site. Though the building of the site only took a couple of months, he said the practical process of getting it done took longer.

“Mayor [Steve] Eden and I have been trying to get this rolling for a couple of years,” Vowels said. “Finally I had enough time to do it myself rather than rely on other employees who were busy with their jobs. We just said that [City Administrator] David Eaton and I would get it rolling and minimize the impact on other people.”

Vowels said to find the site’s architects he talked to several different developers, worked through the Kentucky League of Cities and then reviewed sites. He called several developers and requested proposals. The city paid about $2200 for the work.

“I am happy with the way it looks,” Vowels said. “The company is easy to work with, and I appreciate everything they’ve done with us.”

He said he feels the site is about 99 percent complete for this phase, with mostly developing items such as minutes and forms yet to be posted. Various departments will be responsible for posting items. Longer-term goals for the next phases would include a history page and eventually an e-commerce function in which citizens could pay their garbage and sewer bills and other fees.

“After a couple of months of work from Commissioner Cary Vowels and City Administrator David Eaton, I am excited to have Simpsonville as part of the World Wide Web,” Eden said in a statement. “This will open up opportunities for our community to better communicate and have an active role in our community.”

 And just to make sure every base is touched, the Web site does stake prominently Simpsonville’s claim as the American Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World.