In Frenchtown, River Net Computers store owners will donate website to municipality

By Frank Mustac / Hunterdon County Democrat

 

FRENCHTOWN — River Net Computers on Bridge Street, run by borough residents and brothers Dave and James Cahill, is donating its technical expertise to create and maintain a website for the municipality of 1,400.

The Borough Council by voice vote on Feb. 1 unanimously approved a contract with River Net that will cost taxpayers zero dollars for a first-ever Frenchtown government website.

Council members expressed gratitude for the donation, but also wanted to ensure that the borough would own all rights to the website. Councilman Seth Grossman urged that the website also be “accessible” and “interactive.”

“I want this one to work,” he said.

Dave Cahill from River Net said he plans to “make a fully interactive website.”

“It’s going to be beneficial to everyone,” said Cahill, including himself. “I always find myself wondering ‘Is it recycling week?’”

Information on the municipal website will answer those kinds of frequently asked questions.

The website, which doesn’t yet have a web address or URL, should be ready by springtime, Cahill said. Once completed, officials from different municipal departments will have the ability to add downloadable forms that residents may need and update sections of the website. They can also ask for assistance if needed, Cahill said.

Collecting the forms and other content needed to populate the website’s database will probably the most time, Cahill said. The work should be straightforward, he said, since “everyone in the council is very easy to work with.”

John Schmidtberger, an artist with a gallery next door to River Net Computers, is donating images of some of his works that will be incorporated in the Frenchtown Borough website, Cahill said.

Asked why he decided to donate his time and skill to the borough, Cahill said, “It’s kind of a way to say thanks to this town that’s made me feel at home.

“I feel like I’ve lived here my whole life, but I’ve only been here two years. It’s paying forward.

“The world’s a big and a crazy place, but if you’ve got a nice community to live in, it makes every day really great.”

 

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