Route 51 News Briefs

Thursday, August 07, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pleasant Hills

Looking for information in Pleasant Hills? The answers to your questions might be just a mouse click away.

The borough's Web site received a second place award in its division for communities of 7,500-plus residents at the 97th Annual Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Conference last month.

The Web site was judged on its content, clarity and effectiveness and layout and design. It was revised in October 2007 to make it more user-friendly and up-to-date, said Borough Manager Deborah Englert.

The new site was designed by Pleasant Hills native Chuck Maiden, who owns the Web application development company, Data Blueprints. Mr. Maiden has also designed Web pages for Tarentum and Brentwood boroughs.

"E-government is one of those catchy, trendy buzzwords in the Internet industry and people like myself are trying to make inroads in that area," Mr. Maiden said.

He said the Pleasant Hills staff has been "very proactive" with the Web site and has a strong interest in keeping information up-to-date.

"Statistics show people are coming back. In October, when we launched the site, we got 250-300 visits a day. In May, we had over 1,800 visits," Mr. Maiden said.

Ms. Englert said the borough used the Web site to let some residents know their trash pickup would be delayed by a day because of a broken down truck. It was also used to cancel a summer recreation department movie on a stormy evening.

It also has an option that allows residents to e-mail questions to the borough.

"Our goal is to get information to people quickly," Ms. Englert said.

Nominations for this year's Good Neighbor Award will be accepted at the borough office until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18.

Mayor Jim Nowalk and council will honor those known to be good neighbors at the Aug. 23 Community Day celebration.

Nominations must be made in writing and addressed to Good Neighbor Award, c/o Borough Manager Jim Leventry, 100 Borough Park Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15236.

Questions regarding the nomination or selection process should be directed to Mr. Nowalk at 412-884-1876.

First published on August 7, 2008 at 6:20 am

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