City decides on website developer
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Feb 27, 2014 | 788 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Patterson City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday, Feb. 18 to retain the services of Manhattan, Kansas-based Civic Plus for redeveloping its website at the regular City Council meeting.

The council chose not to use the company’s text messaging service on the advice of Councilwoman Deborah Novelli, who felt the SMS or text message service offered by the company was too expensive.

Novelli has maintained 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 company was offering a text messaging service for residents up to 500 subscribers. The city would’ve been on the hook to the tune of $855 for 500 every more subscribers, however, Novelli suggested the city use another outside service for the text messaging.

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 are expected to be nearly $33,000 with a near $4,000 a year maintenance agreement for website upkeep.

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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