NORTH STONINGTON — The town plans to go old-school to keep people informed, especially in emergencies, by installing a series of message billboards at several key spots.
It’s part of an initiative of the town’s Communications Committee, which is responsible for getting information about town matters to residents.
The effort is part of the committee’s budget request for the next fiscal year. A $6,000 communications line item would be established.
“Not everybody has a computer or utilizes the internet,” Chairwoman Lisa Mazzella said.
Half the money — $3,000 — would fund mailers or newspaper advertisements. The other half would pay for outdoor bulletin boards.
The boards could be protected within a locked case of shatterproof plastic. The boards would be 42 inches wide and 29 inches high and mounted on posts.
Possible locations include the parking lot across the street from Town Hall, the transfer station, the Kingswood-Meadow Wood and Cedar Ridge housing developments, and the Holly Green retail complex.
“We know there’s quite a few people in town that don’t use social media,” committee member Alice Fitzgerald said.
The boards could be especially useful in emergencies such as storms, when there is no power. For example, they could be used to post information about available supplies or road closures, Fitzgerald said.
They could be updated on a regular basis or as needed.
First Selectman Mike Urgo suggested that the billboards could be built by local Boy Scouts.
“They do a lot of good projects,” he said.
Urgo signaled his support for the initiative.
“I love this, this is an excellent job and exactly what I was hoping to hear. We need to be prepared when something happens. Even for general communication, some people don’t have the internet.”