NASHUA — An aldermanic committee will decide this week whether to spend funds to revamp the city’s website.
The Finance Committee will review a proposal to enter into a $47,912 contract with Civic Plus of Manhattan, Kan., to completely redesign the website.
“Really, our website has so much content on it, but it is not always easy to find things,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said Monday. “We are hoping for a little more of a streamlined website that is easier to navigate.”The capabilities of the current website are limited, according to Lozeau, who said the website would be more beneficial if it was interactive.While the city’s existing website provides an abundance of information, it is “outdated, difficult from a content management perspective and does not allow some of the new technologies available in the field,” said Bruce Codagnone, Nashua’s information technology director.
According to a memo from Codagnone, the city recently issued a request for proposals seeking a firm to provide more modern and adaptable resources to meet the needs of the community for years to come.
“Included in this modernization, the city seeks a site that will offer online services and enable community and information sharing so that our residents, visitors and businesses have quick and efficient access to the city’s resources,” Codagnone wrote in the memo.
The city received 10 bids from different vendors interested in redesigning Nashua’s website and hosting its server storage.
If the proposed contract is awarded, ongoing protection services will be offered to help Nashua’s website with system enhancements, training and maintenance to stay up-to-date with features and functionality, according to the proposal. “We have been looking at this for more than a year. When I first came on board we made some changes to the website in my first few years, but now we need something better to manage its robust content,” said Lozeau. The process could take about 20 weeks until the new website is launched, she explained.
“I am really looking forward to it. As technology becomes more relevant, it is so important to have a website that is functioning appropriately,” said the mayor, adding that items like emergency alerts or weather updates should have interactive maps to provide residents with the most up-to-date, live and useful information.
If the nearly $48,000 for the project is approved, it will be funded through the city’s information technology department account.