Work on a new city website should begin in a couple of weeks, officials said.
Aldermen Monday approved the bid from Revize, of Troy, Mich., to provide the updates to the city website.
Community Development Director Joseph Graves said Revize submitted the low bid of $8,725.
He added that there were a total of nine bids submitted, including one local firm, which did not follow bid instructions.
Revize has developed websites for cities nationwide, including St. Mary’s, Ga.; Junction City, Kan.; and Riverton, Wyo.
“Everybody has had nothing but good things to say about the company,” said Graves.
He added that funds that were slated for an updated citywide market study will instead be used for the city’s new website.
Initial plans called for an update to the 2007 Buxton study. The update would have cost $7,500.
The Revize bid includes the first year of the $1,200 annual licensing fee, Graves added.
The site will be complete in three to four months, but work should begin within two weeks, he said.
Plans call for a more user-friendly site that will include software intended for residents to address issues.
Graves said the city’s website includes important information that sometimes is difficult to find.
The website has not had a major update for more than 10 years. Since that time there has constantly been information added.
Included in the new site will be drop-down menus and other components that make it easier to quickly find city events, or updated trash collection schedules.
Graves said the city also would like to add customer complaint software to track constituent issues.
The main city site will be www.unionmissouri.org, but the above-mentioned sites will direct users to the main site, Graves added.
The city website now includes upcoming events, city meeting information, the history of the city, community information, opportunities for potential businesses, links to other local organizations and other information.