EL to build new village website

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The village is going to start over from scratch with its website.

The Village Board voted at their June 19 meeting to contract with Kost Plus Marketing Services of Chilton to create a new website for the village.

The village’s existing website was hacked and almost completely destroyed in March. Since then, the village has worked with their provider to rebuilt the site, but Village Administrator/Clerk/ Treasurer Jessica Reilly told trustees the end result wasn’t satisfactory.

“It doesn’t work the way it used to work,” Reilly said of the restored site. “It’s just not secure. We’re going to be able to patch it, but there’s still going to be some of that malicious stuff in there.

“I’d just feel more comfortable building out a new website,” Reilly continued. “It would just be easiest if we started from a new platform.”

Reilly said Kost Plus comes highly recommended from the village’s computer service provider.

“What happened before won’t happen with (Kost Plus),” Reilly told the board, referring to the hack that took down the site in March. She said the new service would provide more, and more complete, backups as well as additional security.

Reilly reported that Kapur and Associates, the village’s consulting engineers, will begin work on a site plan for the Village Park next to the municipal building.

That plan will include a potential public restroom building in the park. Reilly said the most likely location would be east of the Pledge Allegiance statue, which would mean removing the Chamber of Commerce information kiosk.

The board approved storm sewer repair work on Moraine Drive and Kettleview Court, at a cost of $2,300.

Reilly said the village will have to wait on sewer work on Woodview Court, as that will cost more and there is not enough money in the budget this year for that as well.

The board’s Public Works Committee approved a sewer lining project along Lincoln Street (State 67).

Reilly said the work would have to be done before the state does a planned major rebuild of the highway through the village. The Department of Transportation has that scheduled for 2019 or 2021, depending on funding availability.

“We need to start looking at budgeting for that next year or the year after,” Reilly said, in order to have it done before the street is torn up. The village received an estimate for the project of $33,500.

Village President Alan Rudnick reported that the Planning Commission had approved a phase 2 concept plan for the Throttlestop development. That would include a new commercial building on Victory Lane between Throttlestop and the veterinary clinic.

Trustee Geoffrey Bray reported that work is beginning on developing a walking path around the lake. “We’re just starting on the process of how we can accomplish something,” he stated.


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