MDDC Audit - Govt Websites 2017
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CountyTown / MunicipalityWebsitePopulation from 2010 censusLocation of government office?Office hours?Contact info for government office?List of elected officials?Contact info for elected officials?Meeting dates?Agendas?Minutes?Current budget?Public notices?Bids available?Bids awarded?Vendor list? (companies that do business with municipality)How to do business with government?Notes
Allegany County,012YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesCould not locate business hours for Allegany County Office Complex.
AlleganyBartonno website454
6,859YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes Has a new vendor information form but lacking a vendor list.
9,002YesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoContact information listed for city administrator but no phone or email listings for elected officials.
AlleganyLonaconingno website1,214
AlleganyLukeno website65
AlleganyMidlandno website446
AlleganyWesternportno website1,888
Anne,401YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesBid information only leads to open bids. No vendor information although applications are available online. New updated website makes easier to find information even if not all of audit requested info is available.
Anne Arundel
Anne Arundel County,488YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesCould not find complete county council meeting agendas, but meeting dates do have the list of bills to be considered, with links to the full text of the bill. Could not find meeting minutes, but there are videos of past meetings. One public notice was posted but wasn't sure if a comprehensive list existed.
Anne ArundelHighland Beachwww.highlandbeachmd.org96YesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoThere are numbers for the mayor and some board members, but not all. Could not find emails for any.
Baltimore City
Baltimore,342YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesHours available when you drill down to various departments and offices, though overall city hall hours were not readily apparent on the homepage.
Baltimore County
Baltimore County
817,455YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesWebsite is very broken up and difficult to navigate. Calendar of public meetings is not in an obvious place and simple info like hours of operation are not on the home page.
CalvertCalvert County,628YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesWhile you can find bids that have been awarded on the county commissioner meeting minutes, it's tough to specifically search for something that way and there is no comprehensive list available that I could find on the website.
Chesapeake Beach
5,753YesNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoAgenda not currently up, but may be closer to the once a month meeting date? Hours of town hall not available, town hall address not on main page. For the vendor list, there is a business directory for the town.
Caroline County,718YesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesMinutes are posted, but some are missing.
21,418YesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoOne of the only towns to post a full schedule of meetings, with dates and deadlines for getting on the agenda. Probably one of the best towns in the state for posting minutes — easy to find and read, going back 13 years.
22,739YesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoThere is no way listed to contact elected officials directly. The town has a full schedule of meetings for the year, but only for 2016. As of March, no meetings were posted yet for 2017.
CarolineGoldsborono website246
24,931YesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoThere is no way to contact elected officials directly. Finding anything requires multiple steps and sometimes a little exploring. There is no search function to help.
CarolineHendersonno website146
CarolineHillsborono website161
CarolineMarydelno website141
28 is little helpful information here. The minutes are posted regularly and are up to date, but there no agendas.
CarolineRidgely,639YesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoA general email address for the town is not a way to reach elected officials directly. Agendas and minutes are posted, but the last set of minutes is from six months ago.
Caroline & Queen Anne's County
Templevilleno website138
CarrollCarroll County
167,217YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesNoYesHours are given for a few departments, but not for the building. There are minutes for some boards and commissions, but not the county commissioners.
CarrollHampstead,323YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo* Contact info is generic Hampstead email for all but 2 councilmembers/ no phone numbers for any * only most recent agenda is posted, no archives * only last 3 meeting minutes approved are listed, no archive * budget found under "ordinances and resolutions"
CarrollManchesterhttp://manchestermd.gov4,808YesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo* do not use www. in front of website * council members found under - personnel, mayor and council * meeting dates only on calendar
CarrollMount,288YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoNo*Agendas and minutes buried in lengthy "documents" folders. * Minutes way out of date. last ones 9/16 as of 2/2/17 * there is a spot for bids in the public works page, so technically there, but woefully out of date -- 2012 for bids available, 2011 for bids awarded
CarrollNew,396YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo* oddly, contact info for elected officials not listed under Mayor and council but under dept contacts *meeting dates are on homepage (have to scroll) and on calendar page, but not on government page * agendas are ONLY on homepage (have to scroll down) but not under documents
36,197YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNo* contact info for officials is hard to find. must click on names to go to next page with phone email address * budget is under treasurer or services -> financial docs * you may search "bid postings" but no obvious way to navigate to page otherwise. You may sign up to receive notices via email. * you can see bids that have been awarded but not to whom they've been awarded.
37,128YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo* Town hall address isn't on homepage. must click on something then scroll to bottom to find it. * Hours only listed on clerk/treasurer page * Agends are DISORGANIZED, out of order, but technically up to date * Minutes are posted, but out of date. Only thru 8/8/16 as of 2/2/17 * As of 2/2/17 the FY17 budget (approved the previous spring and effective 7/1/16) is still not posted. FY16 budget is.
CarrollUnion* location of town hall is listed under "services" tab rather than home page. *meeting dates are listed under "organizations" tab rather than mayor and council or another more logical spot.
39,590YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYes*Westminster meetings typically don't occur at "City Hall" but where the particular meeting is taken place isn't listed on the agenda. *No phone number for council members, just email. Mayor's phone # same as city clerk's. *Bids that have been awarded can be viewed, but does not show WHO bids were awarded to.
CecilCecil County,696YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesRecent update of the website has made it much easier to navigate.
41 of the website, especially in regards to budgets/documents, is outdated or incomplete. Town is reportedly working to upgrade to a new site soon.
CecilCharlestown,183NoNoNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoBudget is on site, but not in a clearly marked section. Much of site is missing obvious info despite recent update
Chesapeake City are only starting to get better in recent years, budgets are still not available though
44,443YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoBid info is noticeably absent despite Elkton being the largest town in the county
CecilNorth East,572YesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo way to contact mayor/commissioners was noticeably absent
46,361YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoMeeting agendas/minutes are only found through search function as far as I can tell
CecilPort info on bids/vendors is noticeably absent
CecilRising,781YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoAny info on bids/vendors is noticeably absent
CharlesCharles County,592YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoA single web form to contact all of the commissioners is not as good as having direct contact information for each commissioner. The only meeting minutes visible on the site were for a LOSAP meeting. There are notices about how to take a seminar on doing business with the county, which is helpful, but there could be a summary on the website or a link to more information.
CharlesIndian,844YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNoHits the basics well with a minimal but well organized site. Some budget documents are there, but site needs to be updated with the most current budget. One awarded bid is posted. It's from 2015, though. Have there been no bids awarded or advertised in nearly two years?
CharlesLa Plata,753YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoThe town switched to a new website system five years ago. Minutes up through 2012 are easy to find, but not since then.
CharlesPort Tobaccono website13
DorchesterBrookviewno website60
DorchesterChurch Creekno website125
Dorchester County,551YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
East New Market's odd to have a link from the government's site to another site (Maryland Municipal League) to get a list of elected officials. Unfortunately, clicking on the link produces an error message. There is interesting information about the community and its history on the site, but very little about the town government.
DorchesterEldoradono website59
DorchesterGalestownno website138
DorchesterHurlockno website2,092The town's website used to be but accordiing to the town, the website contract ran out, and the town's new website is under construction as of Feb. 21 and may have a new web address
DorchesterSecretaryno website535
FrederickBrunswick,870YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNot bad, but finding many things requires clicking on the department first
FrederickBurkittsvillewww.burkittsville-md.gov151YesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoThis is a pretty bare-bones site. It needs more basics — when meetings are held, how to reach elected officials (other than the mayor).
65,814YesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNoIt's an oversight to not have the hours that town hall is open. A schedule of meetings should be listed. Posting an agenda as each meeting is scheduled is not enough. There is a page marked "bids," but it is blank.
FrederickFrederick,239YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesThe hours for city hall should be here, probably on the home page. There is plenty here, but some of it is not easy to find without the search box.
Frederick County,582YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoyesWebsite is pretty good. It has a section that seems to indicate that bid awards are posted, but they can't be found. There are many "preliminary bid tabluations" available, but they are not the awards. A footnote on the bid sheets says: "The award will be listed on the website after final award by the Board of County Commissioners." But where is that?
68,136YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoThere is a page marked "public hearings & notices," but it is blank.
FrederickMyersville,626YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoFairly well organized under different headings at the top of the home page
FrederickNew little behind on the minutes. November is the last one posted and October (which was supposed to be approved in December) is not there. An interesting idea to list commercial properties that are on the market.
294NoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoThe website needs help. It is a little scattered and needs to be better organized. There is a PO box for the municipality, but no address for the muncipal building. Contact info and hours should be prominent on a government website. Other things are a little haphazard. There are minutes and budgets from years ago, but nothing apparent in the last few years.
72,170YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoThe hours for town hall need to be listed prominently, preferably on the home page. Thurmont's website is a model for agendas and minutes for a small town. They are grouped on a page that makes them easy to find, along with archived videos of the meetings. Well done. The town also does a good job of putting links to requests for bids on one page.
FrederickWalkersvillewww.walkersvillemd.gov5,824YesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoAgendas should be posted. It's odd that minutes from Economic Development Commission meetings are posted, but not minutes of meetings of the town commissioners. The budget is on the site, but hard to find, even through the search box. Someone has to know to know to click on "read more details here" after the Water Rates & Billing Info section. It needs to be a menu option.
74,141YesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoThe hours of the government office should be posted. There is a heading for "Meeting Schedules & Agendas," but there were no agendas posted. The most current minutes are more than a year and a half old. Some of the menu options on the site don't work, such as "Town Staff" and four out of the five departments.
GarrettAccident truly minimal web page. It's enough to let someone make a phone call or visit the town hall, although it's not clear when it would be open and when to go.
GarrettDeer Parkno website399
77 page that lists elected officials has them all with a phone number of 000-0000. There is a general email address, but none specific for each elected official.
GarrettGarrett County,854YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesHours for the county office are not on the home page and do not show up through the search function, but they can be found on individual pages within the site. Overall, a smartly arranged site, easy to navigate.
GarrettGrantsville site is not bad for information about the community, but it's pretty sparse on the government.
321YesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoThere is only enough information here to know how to contact the town hall and who runs which departments. There is a list of council members, but all of their terms expired either five or six years ago. Are they still in office?
Loch Lynn Heights
no website552
Mountain Lake Park,092YesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoThere's no way to reach elected officials directly.
83,925YesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoA general number for Town Hall does not let people contact elected officials directly, especially by email. There is one set of minutes on the site – from August 2015. There is little here, other than a few basics.
84,959YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesCity had a contractor, but took over and redesigned in the fall. It's easy to use. The city recently added two features on the home page: "where does your money go," an illustrated budget breakdown, and an interactive listing/map/info of commercial and industrial property for lease.
HarfordBel,184YesNo - see noteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNot the most user friendly
HarfordHarford County,622YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesThe county administration is pretty proactive about updating. Although I have never been a fan of the format, the home page features both popular links and quick links that get visitors to places fast, such as bidding, permits, water and sewer bill payments, the snow plow tracker, etc. Hours of operation vary by department and can be found with some of them — not on the main site for the county admin building. Council meetings are live streamed and archived, as are some of the county executive's activities
HarfordHavre de,952YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesPretty user friendly. "City newsfeed" on the home page is a nice feature, but needs to be updated more frequently. It does get you to the city council agenda
HowardHoward County
KentBetterton the website has a notices section, it is not up to date.
KentGalena site has agendas and minutes, but you have to play around with the links. It seems to initially tell you it does not have anything for that date, then the actual agenda or minutes appear.
KentKent County,191YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes
93 Notices are not up to date. Last public notice was from 2015.
Montgomery box listed as location.
Montgomery Brookeville contact for individual commisioners — just a general email to contact the town commissioners.
Chevy Chase View box listed as location. Current budget information restricted to residents only. Login is required.
Chevy Chase Village,953YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesMinutes not available for every meeting, but available for some.
Chevy Chase, Town of,726YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoCurrent bids not listed. Contact info for town office is listed for bids requests.
Chevy Chase, Village Of Section 3 box listed as location. Local church listed as location for meetings.