City leans toward Kansas web developer
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Jan 23, 2014 | 766 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City Council indicated Tuesday, Jan. 21 at its regular City Council meeting that it is leaning toward Manhattan, Kansas-based Civic Plus for redeveloping its website. Details on text messaging services held up a final vote on the matter, however.

Taking the recommendation of Civic Plus from city staff, council members commented that they were pleased with Civic Plus and asked staff members to work out final details on how to serve the community with a broad SMS or text messaging service to get information out to the public quickly.

“This was a difficult decision,” Councilwoman Deborah Novelli said. “The website will require a lot of attention.”

City Engineer Ken Irwin said Civic Plus had sought input from the city throughout their hiring process to ensure that staff members and council members got what they were looking for in a web developer.

Novelli, however, stated she’d like to see a broader text messaging system in place to inform the public on various issues from routine recreation events to emergencies.

The city’s current website was last designed in 2002, prompting city leaders to keep an up-to-date tab on media outlets, relations and uniform technology to easily outreach city residents during their second go-around for potential website developers.

The cost for Civic Plus’ services were issued to be just over $33,000 with a near $4,000 a year maintenance agreement for website upkeep. Based on Tuesday’s meeting, Civic Plus is expected to beat out the two other finalists.

According to staff reports, the decision to narrow from six proposals down to three recommendations to the council was based on several factors, including the functionality of the websites’ proposal, the companies qualifications, cost, system infrastructure, training, and how completely the companies responded to the written request by the city.

A request for the proposals was first announced July 25, 2013. The proposals were due August 22, 2013.

The idea, according to the report, is to have a new website up and running by July 1, 2014.

The three vendors that have currently made the cut included Civica of Newport Beach, Vision Internet of Santa Monica and Civic Plus. Civica quoted a price of $54,530 with an ongoing maintenance annual cost of $4,910. Vision Internet quoted a first year price of $32,765 with a $6,600 a year subscription and a 5 percent annual increase for ongoing web services.

Nick Rappley can be reached at 209-568-9975 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.
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