Gluckstadt selects a company to design a new website; pending board approval
The city of Gluckstadt is on the verge of having a municipal website after approving an offer from Municode to create the website at the March board meeting.
The city received three quotes from ION Business Concepts & Payment System, LLC, Municode and Crema Design Studio. However, City Clerk Lindsay Kellum said Municode was best suited to the city’s needs and wouldn’t “break the budget.”
“Municode’s portfolio includes online services tailored to local government entities, and they’ve been in the business for more than 65 years,” Kellum said. “Their websites offer customizable graphic design, high functionality and the security of our data at a reasonable cost. Of utmost importance to the city is a friendly atmosphere in which the end user will be able to quickly find the information hosted on our website, navigate the site efficiently, and utilize the robust search functions as needed.
The primary goal of the city’s website is convenience for citizens, providing up-to-date information and making public records easily accessible, according to Kellum.
“I believe Municode has the government experience necessary to help us achieve our overall goals, while delivering an attractive design concept,” Kellum said.
Municode also has the ability to work with Tyler Technologies, which the city has already purchased for cash register software, integrating online payment options into the new website.
At the next board meeting, the board will have to approve the contract with Municode.
“If the city chooses the standard design, there are no upfront development costs; if we choose a more detailed customizable option, the one-time fee will be $3,500,” Kellum said. “Annual maintenance fees are estimated at $3,000 for data hosting, security, routine maintenance and upgrades, training, and customer service.”
Once the contract is signed, Kellum said they would immediately start working on the implementation. Implementation and training will take approximately four months.
The city’s website has been on Kellum’s priority list since she was first hired. She said the public website is important because it is the first glimpse of Gluckstadt an individual will see when wanting to learn more about the community, history, business, ongoing development and information about city officials and the legislative process.
“This will help provide a wealth of information and transparency to our citizens,” Kellum said. “We intend to post items such as public notices and agendas for meetings, ordinances, resolutions, policies and procedures, building codes, applications for permits and preferred licenses, fee schedules and other important documents, so you don’t have to go to city hall.
Kellum said the website will also play an important role in bringing new interest to the city, whether residential or commercial.
In the coming months, the city will ask citizens to send photos of Gluckstadt for the new website.
“If you have great photos of our community, whether it’s a property at sunset, community community at a corporate event, children playing in our neighborhoods, we invite you to include your submissions for publication on the new website,” Kellum says.
Photos can be sent to Kellum at firstname.lastname@example.org. She asks citizens to include their name, location of the photo taken and phone number with their submission.