The city’s website, which up until now had been internally managed and designed since inception, has just launched a redesign.

The city’s website, which up until now had been internally managed and designed since inception, has just launched a redesign.

On Tuesday, a completely revamped version of the city's online information center made its debut.

In August, city staff received a nod from commissioners to initiate an agreement with Michigan-based Revize Software Systems for professional services related to a complete redesign.

City Manager Justin Erickson said, “Given available staff resources and the critical importance of web function to a city’s image and customer service capabilities, (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. 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.”

Though the company had set a mid-December date, the website completed its launch Tuesday.

To visit the new website, it remains the same address it previously had — at shawneeok.org.

“During this transition, we ask that if you notice any missing information or links or have general questions or comments, please contact us at 405-878-1601,” the site reads. “It is our desire that the new webpage will increase public engagement and be widely used by the public.”