When Aidan Corish ran for a seat on the Sag Harbor Village Board back in 2017, one of the issues he wanted to improve was communication between the village and its residents. With the recent roll-out of a brand new website for Sag Harbor, it’s safe to say Mr. Corish — with help from some village staff members — has begun to tackle that goal.
“Our [previous] website was perfectly functional for dates of meetings and agendas and such, but it was not very interactive,” Mr. Corish said in an interview this week. “To encourage people to interact, we needed a better interface and a better process.”
The new iteration of the website — which can be found at sagharborny.gov — puts more emphasis on quick access to information and tasks that can be accomplished online, such as marine bookings, he said. But what he said he is really excited about is the potential for text message and email notifications to residents — a system that requires them to sign up for an account on the new website.
For instance, it will allow people to learn about new applications before the Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, if that’s what they are interested in, or allow them to receive seasonal reminders about leaf pickup or snow removal.
“The idea was that we could allow people to stay in touch,” said Mr. Corish, whose own business, Tangram, specializes in design and branding. “I think any dialogue between the village and the residents is a good thing. I think it will increase and enhance that communication.”
He credited village clerk Beth Kamper with helping out greatly, and said Connie McGrath, one of the village’s secretaries, did a lot of the “heavy lifting” with “a tremendous amount of backfilling.” He singled her out for thanks at Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting.
“I think it represents Sag Harbor in a very beautiful way,” Mr. Corish said. “This is like our front window, so to speak. I really, really hope that people do sign up, because that’s where it becomes a valuable tool.”