MRIA Plans New Website

Communications PlanMRIA may have suspended board meetings over the summer, but a group of dedicated board members were busy during the summer break.

During the downtime, Board members developed a plan to update and overhaul MRIA communications. The goal is to better integrate and streamline the systems already in place, including the main website, the Bulletin website, MRIA’s Facebook presence, the Bolton Hill Email Network (BHEN) and email communications.

With Executive Committee backing, plans for the communications overhaul will be submitted to the Board for its approval at September’s meeting.

The much-needed upgrade of MRIA’s website is the key component of the communications plan, and MRIA will be seeking the names of capable web designers interested in working with the organization on this project. Designers interested in bidding on this work should email Linda Rittelmann. An RFP will be sent out to those who have voiced interest after the Board approves the plan.

As the MRIA communications plan moves forward, the current Bolton Hill Bulletin Board and HIRD (Home Improvement Resource Directory) features on the current website will be discontinued in the near future to avoid paying a costly annual licensing fee. For many years, the Bulletin Board has been a valuable service to the neighborhood, but other free, easily accessible social media apps such as Next Door and MRIA’s page on Facebook have made it obsolete. The HIRD will be resurrected as a crowdsourced function on the new website.

Please come to September’s Board meetings on Tuesday, September 6 to hear more about the communications plan. MRIA Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from September through May. Meetings begin at 8 pm, with socializing over wine and other refreshments starting about a half an hour before that.

Board meetings are held in the Parish Hall at Memorial Episcopal, 1407 Bolton Street, and all neighbors are invited to attend. Please enter the Parish Hall on the Lafayette St. side.