Pages upon pages of Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) code are now available online on a searchable website similar to Wikipedia.
The shift to the digital world came after district staff needed to update sections of the district’s code book, said district information services specialist Dustin Sellinger, who spearheaded the project. The code, which describes in detail how the district functions, needs to be updated periodically as BBWSD commissioners pass resolutions that alter it.
Residents are now able to view the code online and see what changes have been made, Sellinger explained. The code is searchable and contains links to PDF documents of many of the resolutions passed by district commissioners.
The new code website uses the same basic platform as Wikipedia, though members of the public will not be able to edit the code themselves. The shift will save the district the few thousand dollars it costs roughly every other year to update the physical code book, since updating the code on the website costs nothing more than what Sellinger already gets paid.
Sellinger said he started working on the code update earlier in the year and that the process has gone smoothly so far. He was able to import the existing code text in about a day and a half, and the office of the BBWSD’s attorney has been digitally scanning most of the resolution documents so they’ll be accessible in PDF form.
“It was just really easy,” Sellinger said.
Sellinger laid out the details of the online code update to district commissioners at their January 26 meeting. Commissioners said they were impressed with the work Sellinger had done and looked forward to being able to consult district code online.
Commissioner Patrick Alesse said he was most impressed with the website’s ability to automatically track changes to the code. Alesse said this will allow members of the public to easily see how district regulations that affect them, such as water and sewer fee rates, evolve over time.
“I’m so excited about this because it moves everything toward more openness and efficiency in one stroke,” Alesse said.
To access the BBWSD code online, visit code.bbwsd.com.