A new website that would provide timely information and allow residents to pay water bills and permit fees online won’t be operational before 2018, according to City Administrator Steve Roth.
Plans to upgrade the city’s website are on the back burner as officials grapple with crafting a budget and assisting property owners with applications for flood buyouts, Roth said.
Although aldermen approved the selection of Civic Plus and Revise May 1 to build the website, actual work has not started.
Cost of the upgrade is approximately $25,000 as a one-time fee and $3,000 in annual management fees.
The new website would replace the current outdated website that was launched in September 2006, when two Pacific High computer students, Tim Rainey and Carl Schmitz, presented the site they created for a technology competition.
The three-member operations committee, including Aldermen Carol Johnson, Nick Chlebowski and Mike Pigg, chose Civic Plus from a list of 11 companies that presented qualifications.
The selected firm specializes in integrated technology platforms for local governments and serves 2,500 entities, including cities, counties and other government agencies.
Justin Blecha with Civic Plus suggested the city hold at least one input session to allow the public to make comments about how they use the city’s website and what they would like to see.
“We (Civic Plus) can definitely take your website to where you guys want to take it,” Blecha said.