Wilton logs on

Published 4:46 pm Thursday, June 17, 2010

A southwestern Shelby County town has taken a step toward opening its town hall 24 hours a day.

Wilton, with the help of the Birmingham-based TriNovus company, recently established the town’s first website at Wiltonalabama.com.

The new website contains links to the town’s online bill payment system, a calendar of town events and a list of Wilton’s government officials.

“It’s like an all-access pass to city hall 24/7,” said Wilton Town Clerk April Price. “We are very excited about it.”

The new site also contains a guestbook and an online action center, which will allow Wilton’s residents to voice concerns to town hall around the clock, Price said.

Through the action center, residents can list their name, address, the nature of their concern and their contact information. The action center data is then transferred to town hall, where it can be directed to the proper town official.

“The action center is a direct link to us,” Price said. “Like if someone has a burst water main, or if there is a street light out or a dog running loose or something, they can submit their concern online and it will go straight to my desk.”

The website’s “history” tab contains a town guest book, and Price urged anyone who lives or who has ever lived in Wilton to sign the book and share their memories of the town.

“We would like anyone with a memory of Wilton to leave us a message about something they remember,” Price said. “Our goal is to publish a community cookbook with some of those memories printed in it.”

The town also has some future plans for the site, including a full town business directory and list of important numbers for those moving into the town.

Wilton officials are also working with TriNovus to integrate the site into the company’s VendorVault system, which will serve as an online database for the town’s documents once it is installed.

“We still have a few tweaks to make to the site,” Price said. “But I personally am very excited about it. Wilton has never had anything like this before.”