The city’s website, which has been internally managed and designed since inception, received the go-ahead from city commissioners to initiate an agreement with Michigan-based Revize Software Systems for professional services related to a complete redesign.

The city’s website, which has been internally managed and designed since inception, received the go-ahead from city commissioners to initiate an agreement with Michigan-based Revize Software Systems for professional services related to a complete redesign.

“Given available staff resources and the critical importance of web function to a city’s image and customer service capabilities, City Manager Justin Erickson has determined that it is time use a website design firm with expertise in governmental operations to redesign the city’s site.

There were 10 firms that submitted proposals and city staff selected three finalists to interview in July.

“Revize has worked with more than 800 governmental clients around the United States and is well-qualified,” Erickson said.

The proposal was approved for the amount of $43,500, which is under the city's estimated budget of $50,000. Annual maintenance is projected to cost about $5,900 per year.

Erickson said annual maintenance fees can often be deceptively low the first year and quite high later on.

“This proposal is fixed for five years, with the first year included in the redesign,” he said. “So, the four subsequent years are capped at $5,900 each.”

The total five-year price is $67,100 — an average of $13,420 per year.

“The annual maintenance fees are very reasonable based on our review and would be budgeted annually after this fiscal year,” Erickson said. “This is the full package they offer, consistent with other cites — including those much larger than ours.”

Erickson said the city wants this done quickly so citizens and staff can use the site.

The company has set a firm launch date of Dec. 15, Erickson said.