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October 24, 2013

Website work pending

CLINTON — While city of Clinton officials want a new website, a timeline to get one in place remains elusive because of other pressing items the city faces.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser told members of the City Services Committee on Wednesday she has heard from seven or eight people about the website, but she has not been able to put together a request for proposal (RFP) for the service.

City officials plan to solicit proposals from outside agencies to redesign the website and be on retainer for regular maintenance.

"We're not talking about developing applications whereby you can pay bills online or you can make online reservations. We're not talking about doing something sophisticated right off the top," Kinser said. "We just wanted something where we could still post council packets online and we can have other aspects basically where it's a really more of a transparency thing. Let's correct transparency issues."

The website RFP is taking a backseat to the solid waste services RFP, Kinser told the Clinton Herald. That RFP is currently in the works.

Kinser also reminded the committee the money to pay an outside agency to redesign the site would come from $62,000 in proceeds left over from the municipal dock sale that did not get dispersed into other accounts following the December 2011 transaction.

The council would have to approve allocating this funding.

"Where I grow concerned with that in looking at an operational contract is these are one time dollars. This isn't going to be something where they continue to replenish itself. That isn't going to happen. But to get us over that first hurdle, that's the funding source that I was looking at," Kinser said.

In the time between the city having revamped website and its notably lacking website, the city will use Computer Box, which it already contracts with, to make small changes such as updating names of city staff.

Despite the hazy timeline for the new website, the committee didn't express concerns.

"We're moving in the right direction," At-large Councilman Charlie Mulholland said.

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