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Caught in the web(site)

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Worth officials delay a $24K decision to revamp their site

Worth officials on Tuesday put on hold the approval of an agreement with a company selected to redesign the village’s website.
Trustees agreed to delay for two weeks a vote on a $24,453 contract with CivicPlus, a company that specializes in website development for municipalities.
Locally, the company has developed websites for Evergreen Park and Chicago Ridge, the latter which went live earlier this year.
Trustee Mary Rhein’s concerns about not knowing enough about the company led trustees to delay the vote.
“To me, it seems a little hefty,” said Rhein, who pointed out that the contract was $453 dollars over the amount budgeted for a redesign.
She added that she’d like to see a brochure or other materials from the firm before casting a vote.
“Twenty four thousand dollars to me is a lot of money,” Rhein said. “I don’t know what else is out there.”
Mayor Mary Werner said the village did its due diligence on the company. She spoke with the mayors of village’s that have hired CivicPlus and met with Worth department heads to garner their input.
“They come very highly recommended,” said Werner, who met with CivicPlus officials along with Village Clerk Bonnie Price and Police Chief Martin Knolmayer.
Knolmayer said the newly designed site would be easier to modify and is more accessible.
Trustee Colleen McElroy agreed that site offered advantages to the village and its residents.
“It’s clean. It’s very easy. It’s user-friendly,” McElroy said.
Price noted that the company would be paid as the new site was designed.
“We’re not going to cut them a check for $24,000 tomorrow,” she said.
If the CivicPlus is chosen, a new website isn’t likely to go live for several months, officials said. Chicago Ridge required a year to launch its site, but the village needed time to develop web-based forms Worth has already accomplished.