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City council to consider website development deal

The Worthington City Council on Monday will consider a professional services agreement for development of the city’s website.

The city's website was developed approximately 15 years ago and utilized design parameters customary at that time, Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson explained. The website developer was a local firm that incorporated restrictions that required the design firm to make many of the content changes a local government would employ to update and enhance the interactive experience to improve service. The web design firm is no longer in business.

Robinson said the goal of the new website is to be intuitive, easy to navigate, functional, compliant, visually appealing and meet the needs of its users, including city residents, visitors, business partners and other government agencies. The website must also be able to be managed and adjusted by city staff.

City staff has selected Granicus as the preferred provider following several product demonstrations. The cost of developing the Granicus Web Enhanced Package is a one-time fee of $18,000 plus an annual Open Cities license. That license is $10,000 for year one with a five percent (5%) increase each additional year with a five-year initial commitment. It's anticipated that development will take nine to 12 months.

Funding for the website development is through the use of ARP funds and was included in the 2023 budget adopted by the city council.

Among other business items Monday, council members will consider the 2023 fee scheduled for the city’s new aquatic center. The city has entered into an agreement with the Worthington Area YMCA to manage the facility. The proposed fee schedule includes seasonal passes for "Y" members and non-members, along with daily pass fees. The city's Park and Recreation Advisory Board reviewed and endorsed this proposed fee schedule.

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