published Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Chattanooga City Council delays vote on website redesign


by Cliff Hightower

BY THE NUMBERS

$328,000: Projected cost of redesigning city Web site

10,000: Pages of information that needs to be shifted onto the new site

6: Number of months before new “front page” could launch

Source: Chattanooga

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The City Council voted 9-0 Tuesday night to wait a week before deciding whether to award a contract to redesign the city website.

Councilman Andraé McGary said the site was sprung on the council the same day they were to take a vote and he wanted some time to look over the proposal.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to digest it,” he said.

Chattanooga is looking at authorizing a contract with Maycreate LLC to help redesign the site at a cost of $328,000. The city would pay $128,000 for the first phase of the project and $200,000 for the second phase.

Brian May, founder and president of Maycreate LLC, told council members before committee meetings that he felt his company could design a user-friendly, interactive website.

“I have personally wanted to see the Chattanooga.gov website change for quite awhile,” he said.

Jana Lowery, application services manager for the city’s Department of Information Services, told council members the department hoped the front page of the city’s site could be up and running within six months.

She said the first step would be to redesign the front page. The second would be to update pages for each city department.

“We can go ahead and go forward with a new look without a huge cost on the front end,” she said.

May said later that if the council approves the contract, the company will meet with city representatives to craft the new look. He said there have been no designs yet.

“It’s a process,” he said.

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fedup350 said...

This is unbelievable! How do the citizens of Chattanooga stand for such gross incompetence? Littlefield said he was saving the City $400,000 dollars by taking away the take home cars from the Police. Undermining the morale of the Police Officers and further reducing the effectiveness of the Police Dept which in turn directly affects the safety of the citizens of Chattanooga. Less Police presence means more crime. But never fear. Littlefield and the wise old City Council members will make you taxpaying citizens safer and more secure in your homes by spending that savings ($328,000) on updating the City's website. Simply unbelievable!!!! I wonder whose pockets are getting lined with this deal? What is wrong you you city council members???

June 23, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
dave said...

What do we get for $300,000 ? The Mayor's picture plastered all over the website taking credit for things he had NOTHING to do with. This such a waste of money and is another reason he and his cronies should be removed from office. We are.....TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

June 23, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
slimjim300 said...

i bet they could get a better deal if they shopped around a little.. holy smokes, websites arent supposed to be that expensive.

June 28, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
zjcavan said...

Like I said in the other article,

It is either their computer illiteracy that has lead them to believe that a website should cost that much, or the Mayor's office is screwing around with taxpayer's money. Either way, $328,000 is a ridiculous amount.

July 9, 2011 at 7:23 a.m.
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