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No village website for Tiskilwa?

Board rejects website idea

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 2:03 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 2:07 p.m. CST

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board voted 3-2 Tuesday night against establishing a village website.

Trustee Steve McKinney brought the idea of having a website up for discussion.

“It is time to get village presence on the Internet,” he said. “I have contacted vendors to build and design a website.”

Mayor Randy Philhower said he would have trouble getting information to the proper people in time to be compliant with the Open Meetings Act, which requires all village board meeting agendas to be posted at least 48 hours before the meeting.

The mayor also said all ordinances would have to be posted on the website to comply with the state law, and all minutes would have to be posted after they are approved within 10 days of board approval.

McKinney said a website would be a good way to promote the village and a place for new people to find out information about the village, such as how to turn on water, gas and electricity.

“It might increase public participation in village government and to see what their government is doing for them,” said McKinney, who contacted two different companies about their fees to establish and maintain a village website.

Philhower said there are other websites in town where people can get information about the village, referring to the Tiskilwa Community Association, the Tiskilwa Library and the Tiskilwa Historical Society as organizations that have websites.

Trustee Dan Acker said he felt a village website would be a good way to promote the village at a marginal cost.

Trustees Gene Gustafson and David Wright didn’t see the need for a website. Trustee Eric Paull said he wanted to do more homework to see how other towns’ officials feel about a website.

After Philhower said he didn’t see a need for a village website, Wright made a motion to drop the issue. Gustafson seconded the motion.

Acker and McKinney voted against the motion, while Gustafson, Wright and Paull voted in favor of not pursuing a village website.

Trustees also voted to renew a yearly contract with TEST Inc. for water, wastewater operator services.

Philhower said Arispie Township has some interest in a snowplow bought by the village last year from the Whiteside County Airport that wasn’t able to be used with village equipment.

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