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The Town of Wales expects to be on the Internet by the first of the year with its own Web site.

The Town Board on Tuesday viewed a presentation by Robert Gawjewski, a Web site designer who also is the Wales Center second assistant fire chief.

He showed the board all the options the town can have to inform residents and others interested in the town's affairs through its own Web site.

The cost to the town is expected to be about $22 a month. He said he would design the Web site at no charge.

When Wales goes online, residents or others can scroll the list of business in town, maps and reviews of restaurants, a calendar of community events and church information and schedules.

Also, there can be links to fire company and utility company Web pages.

There will be direct access to the building inspector's office to download forms for permits and other items.

A designated Web master would be named to update the site on a regular basis at a cost of $20 a month.

Supervisor Mary Weinman suggested cable company franchise fees could be used to finance the site. She said it would save the town clerk many man hours and "the consensus is that it is a good idea but we can't vote on it tonight." Wales policy is not to vote at work sessions but to wait until a formal board meeting. The next one is scheduled for Dec. 10.

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