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New-look, interactive website flatters Collier

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Collier Township was scheduled to launch its new and improved website — designed to be more user-friendly and interactive — early this week.

Board of commissioners President Robert Schuler said the new site also is more professional.

“The new website portrays Collier in a manner that not only will allow current residents to retrieve needed municipal information and data,” he said, “but will also aid potential new residents and businesses to realize that Collier is a perfect place to live.”

The new website, which keeps the existing address of colliertownship.net, also allows residents to subscribe to a community calendar and news feed. It also includes interactive maps and an upgraded photo gallery system. Commissioners said the site also is more efficient and staff-friendly, which cuts down on the cost of managing the website.

Residents speak out

Collier residents Jean and Erik Brandsberg spoke at the meeting about their unhappiness about construction equipment they said has been sitting on the back end of their property, some since they moved in two years ago.

“It has become a junk yard and a contractors' yard,” Jean Brandsberg said. “It's an eyesore.”

She asked the board to put pressure on the contractors to clean up the area.

Board Vice President Kay Downey-Clarke said she would have the appropriate staff look into the issue.

Decision tabled

The board's only item of new business at its April 24 meeting was tabled in order to have an Allegheny County Health Department representative on hand for discussion.

The program, called Young Lungs at Play, would make tobacco-free zones at all of the township's parks, courts, ball fields and playground.

The program will be discussed at the May 9 board meeting.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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