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Website Policies

The following policies address the use of the Town of Woolwich’s website.

Website Mission

Provide easy, intuitive access to timely, relevant town-related information and services, and provide avenues for community members to participate in local government.

General and Acceptable Use

The purpose of the Town’s official website (
Woolwich.us ) is to provide information pertinent to the public to conduct the town business and promote the town’s goals as guided by the Selectboard. The Town’s website is intended to serve the town’s need to make useful and practical information available to residents, businesses and visitors.

General Website Disclaimer

The Town has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on its website. However, the Town does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided on its website and is not liable for reliance on this information, due to the possibility of unauthorized modification of the data, transmission errors, HTML browser incompatibilities, human error, changes made since the last update to the website or other aspects of electronic communication that are beyond the Town’s control.

External Linking

The Town website contains links to local, state and federal government agencies and to other, non-government websites. Links to external content on the Town’s website will be permitted at the Town’s sole discretion and placed appropriately as determined by the Town.

The Town may provide links to sites that meet the following criteria: The specific and limited purpose of the permitted external links is to help the public obtain timely information about town-related programs, services, activities, policies or committees, and is intended to be directly in context to specific site content to address a defined user need.

Examples of acceptable sites are:

  • Maintained by a state, local or federal government agency, local shop or library board.
  • Maintained by an organization that receives direct financial support from the Town (e.g., Patten Free Library).
  • Maintained by companies that are contracted by the Town to provide services to community members (including partner-services such as Town Library-card-specific benefits)
  • Maintained by established business associations or neighborhood associations within the Town
  • Organizations that sponsor or support a Town-sponsored event or association (if necessary for completing the user registration (e.g., Fire Dept, Woolwich Historical Society)
  • Provides a unique online tool to assist residents in accessing information on the site or in communicating with the Town, e.g., Adobe Reader
  • Maintained by a non-profit charitable, educational, hospital, social, scientific or cultural organization serving Woolwich community members

These are meant to be examples and not to be an inclusive list. In general, the Town does not intend to include links of resource compilations or links to for-profit businesses, blogs, public forums not managed by the Town, or other generalized links that are well-served through use of commercial search engines.

Town policy prohibits Town employee to negotiate for the use of the Town website(s) for the purposes of soliciting customers, selling products or services, or linking to websites that do not directly further Town’s goals and support public policy.

It is not part of the Town’s business to direct free traffic to external websites, or to compete with popular search engines, therefore the Town does not accept outside link solicitations or mutual linking requests.

The Town shall maintain sole discretion over the determination of which links may be included on its website and reserves the right to remove any link at any time without cause. If there is a question about the interpretation of this policy, it will go to the Webmaster first for resolution. Escalation will go to the Town Administrator, with further escalation to the Town’s Attorney’.

Links Disclaimer

The Town is not responsible for the content, quality, accuracy or completeness of any off-site materials referenced or linked to through the Town’s website. By using the Town’s website, the user acknowledges and accepts that the Town is not responsible for any materials stored on other websites, nor is it liable for any inaccurate, defamatory, offensive or illegal materials found on other websites, and that the risk of injury or damage from viewing, hearing, downloading or storing such materials rests entirely with the user. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by the Town or any association between the Town and the operators of the site. Links going outside the Town’s website will open in a new browser window.

Copyright Notice

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the Town’s website is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used with the Town’s permission. We request only that the Town of Woolwich be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits, graphics or byline be similarly credited to the photographer, author or Town of Woolwich, as appropriate.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source. See
 Use of Third-Party Materials below.

Using or modifying this site’s materials and information for commercial or profit-making purposes is prohibited and may violate the copyrights and/or other proprietary rights of the Town of Woolwich or third parties.

This copyright notice only pertains to the Town’s website.

Use of Third-Party Materials

Materials and information on the Town’s website are sometimes generated by third parties who have consented to the Town’s use or placement of such materials on this site. These materials are owned by those parties. Use of these third-party materials for any purpose, without permission by owner, is prohibited. Persons seeking to use or modify third-party materials for any purpose should contact the owner of such materials directly. These materials may include photos, icons and graphics (e.g., used in links to other organizations’ sites), as well as items of general content.

Use of the Town’s Logo

The Town reserves the right to regulate the use of the Town’s logo as deemed appropriate. Outside organizations may request the use of the logo in association with activities in which the Town is an official partner or sponsor. Use of the Town’s logo shall not be permitted to imply endorsement of any service, entity, program or claim not directly run by the Town or in partnership with the Town. Requests by outside organizations for use of the Town logo as a graphic element will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Selectboard, who may grant permission for use of the Town logo at their discretion.

Accessibility

The Town is committed to making its websites accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We have made every effort to make our website accessible and easy to use by following the available standards and guidelines.

Currently, we are making every effort to adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Section 508 requirements as set forth by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Accessibility Initiative. Ongoing validation testing is conducted using industry-recognized tops for coding and usability. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. By conforming to these guidelines, we make our website user-friendly for everyone.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Files - We have a large number of documents in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).
Download the latest free version of Adobe Reader  in order to improve the viewing of these files. We are working on a process to ensure all PDFs are accessible.

Screen readers - To assist our visitors who are visually impaired or blind, our website is undergoing redesign to be compatible with screen reading software.

Exceptions - While we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of our website. Currently our PDF documents are not compatible with screen reading software. If needed, site visitors may request a file in another format. The Town will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Town will make its best effort to post accurate information as provided, but assumes no liability for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the final posting. Events posted to this website do not imply endorsement by the Town.

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