Indian Springs to stop hand-delivering newsletterPublished 2:57pm Tuesday, July 31, 2012
By AMY JONES / Associate Editor
INDIAN SPRINGS — Indian Springs officials will soon cease hand-delivering the town newsletter, The Village Voice, to residents’ homes.
Mayor Steve Zerkis said currently, volunteers hand-deliver The Village Voice to nearly every home in Indian Springs — about 850 houses.
Newsletters going to residents on Alabama 119 are currently mailed because it’s too dangerous for volunteers to stop at every home on the highway.
“I personally deliver about 25-30. It’s really a rather involved and labor-intensive process,” Zerkis said.
But all that is about to change. Town officials are collecting residents’ email addresses and will send out newsletters electronically starting with either the September or October issue, he said.
The Village Voice will also be available online at Indianspringsvillage.org. The town will continue to print paper copies to put out at locations around town, such as the North Shelby Library, the Heardmont Senior Center and the Winn-Dixie on Caldwell Mill Road.
“So if people want them, they can get them there,” Zerkis said.
Zerkis said cutting down on the cost of paper and printing will likely save the town around $3,500-$4,000 per year.
“It’ll save some money. It’ll also save a lot of effort,” he said.
The Village Voice has been a monthly bulletin for the citizens of Indian Springs for 22 years — as long as the town has existed. Now it’s time for citizens to start using 21st century technology to receive it, he said.
“This is the 21st century. Send us your email address, and we’ll email it to you,” Zerkis said. “If you want a hard copy, hit ‘print.’”
For residents to receive The Village Voice in their inboxes, they should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any email addresses to which the newsletter should be sent.