Oil Springs will be creating a new website. But work needed to be completed to compete for further government grants will not.
The Oil Springs Council did not get the $54,918 asset management grant it had budgeted for, so the work it planned to do with its asset management plan will be put off for at least one year.
“The fact that we are as small as we are, that is why we are not getting any money, “ said Mayor Ian Veen at the Council meeting July 12. One grant the village did receive was $34,835 from the province’s municipal modernization grant.
Work has been underway on a new website, while Clerk/Treasurer Martha Gawley gave council members a glimpse of what the various pages would look like. She anticipates the new website will be going live during the first part of October. The village’s engagement with the community will also involve Instagram and Facebook.
Council is also organizing a photography contest. Some of the entries will be used on the website and will give different perspectives about Oil Springs. Councillor Connie McFadden has put forth $50 for prize money with Mayor Veen matching her contribution.
One of the features of the website will have the contents read to them for those who are visually impaired.
, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent