Saratoga County to make website easier to use

Update expected to be ready by this summer

Monday, March 18, 2013
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— The Saratoga County government website is in line for its first overhaul in six years, with the public becoming able for the first time to contact county officials through social media like Facebook and Twitter.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is expected to award a contract for updating the website to Kilakwa Associates of Middle Grove, a website development company that specializes in working with nonprofit organizations.

The update will make the site easier for people to use, officials said, and make it easier to find information that’s available now, but hard to find.

“What happened is, it’s gotten out of date,” said County Technology Committee Chairman Matthew Veitch, R-Saratoga Springs.

He said the contract will save the county money over five years, compared with its current website maintenance contract.

Under the agreement, Kilakwa Associates will be paid $5,600 per year for the first three years, and then $600 in the fourth and fifth years, with the cost to covering hosting and administration. Kilakwa would also be paid $90 per hour for any unanticipated site maintenance work.

The company was the lowest bidder of the seven that bid on the update. “They met all the criteria and had the features we wanted,” Veitch said.

Veitch said the higher cost in the early years of the contract is to cover the work involved in updating the site, but after that the company’s work is expected to be significantly less.

The website already includes information on county departments, links to the websites of cities, towns and villages, and agendas and meeting minutes for Board of Supervisors’ committees. That information will continue to be available.

Among the features to be added to the website, Veitch said last week, are video-streaming and interactive capabilities like access to social media.

The site will continue to be managed through the county data processing department, though individual departments will have some ability to manage their own Web pages.

The update should be ready this summer, Veitch said.

The county website can be found here.

 

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