NEW CASTLE — Along with data about town government and demographics, information about recreational opportunities, town and business events, lodging and restaurants will soon be just a click away.
As part of its economic development goals, the town is revamping its website to include much more information to attract visitors to all of the town’s existing amenities.
“The current website says nothing to visitors about what we have,” said Town Administrator Tom Baker. “We want to build up what we have instead of relying on bringing outside businesses to save us.”
The new website is being designed by Ann Stuckey of A J Designs & Associates in New Castle.
“This will replace our current website and merge the government functions with a guide for tourists,” said Mayor Pro tem Bruce Leland. “We started our economic development [plan] and are trying to attract people to town, but we met with a consultant who said that before we do anything else, such as maps or brochures, we need to have the website right. So this is our first step.”
The site will also include some town history and old photographs.
“We also have a lot of never-before-seen materials about the town,” Leland said.
The site, which is tentatively being called “Expose New Castle,” but will not be the permanent name, is expected to be live sometime next month.
In other business
• With no election, the town board was sworn in Tuesday night with just a few changes. Longtime councilor Bob Gordon took over as mayor and Councilor Bruce Leland was named mayor pro tem. Former Mayor Frank Breslin was sworn in as councilor as were incumbents Art Riddile, Patrick Stuckey and Mary Metzger.
Merle Means was appointed to serve the rest of Gordon’s term as councilor until 2016. Means was one of three applicants for the appointment.
Means has lived in New Castle for 14 years and served on the town council from 2008-2010; He was appointed to the Parks, Open Space and Trails Commission, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Historical Preservation Commission.
“Though I stepped down from the council in 2010 due to a work conflict, my interest in serving New Castle did not end,” Means wrote in his letter of interest.
Means has served in the Air Force and was a fighter jet instructor in Vietnam, a motorcycle officer and forensic chemist with the Denver Police Department, and for the past 26 years has been an interfaith minister, performing weddings, funerals and memorials and working with hospice patients.
• Interim Police Chief Tony Pagni will continue his duties for the next six months before council will decide whether the position will be permanent. Pagni stepped in following the unexpected death of Chief Chris Sadler last month.
“This will replace our current website and merge the government functions with a guide for tourists.”
New Castle’s mayor Pro tem