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New look for SL website

SARANAC LAKE — This village has redesigned its website, saranaclakeny.gov.

The website has several new features, such as a calendar of upcoming events, summaries of current projects, and information about village parks and recreation amenities.

Accessing documents and forms from each department has been streamlined.

There are also local business profiles and an interactive real estate guide designed to support economic development in the village.

People will also be able to report issues such as pothole and broken streetlights.

Navigation on mobile devices was enhanced.

The village plans to add an online payment option to the site in the near future so that utility bills can be paid online.

In a press release, village Mayor Clyde Rabideau said, “The new website better showcases all of the things that make Saranac Lake a great place to live — the people, the businesses and the natural beauty of our surroundings. Many of our citizens lent their voices to this project and the final product is outstanding.”

Village Community Development Director Jamie Konkoski said the last time the website was updated was in the late 2000s and that it was in need of an overhaul.

“This idea has been going on for a long time,” she said. “There was a desire for the village to have a website that’s more responsive to the needs of the community. We wanted to increase its accessibility and give it a modern look and feel.”

Though the site is new, Konkoski said feedback she’s received from village staff members has been positive.

The redesign was paid for by a $35,000 grant from the state Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. JesseJames Creative, based out of Manhattan, was selected to design the new site after a competitive bidding process.

Saranaclakeny.gov is not to be confused with saranaclake.com. The latter is the promotional website maintained by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.