Website discussion planned for today’s city council meeting
by David Lazenby
Feb 01, 2011 | 2149 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper city officials today may commit $4,500 toward improvements to its Internet homepage during a semi-monthly meeting of the Jasper City Council.

During a Jan. 18 meeting of the Council, city leaders discussed their desire to upgrade the official website of the City of Jasper.

During today’s 10 a.m. meeting at Jasper City Hall, Councilors will consider a request to enter into an agreement with Info Tech 22, LLC and approve funding of $4,500 for Phase I of the proposed redevelopment of the website

If the plan is approved, city purchasing agent Tommy Knight wants to see the site be made more user-friendly. He also wants to make the website more useful in the long-term, creating a place on the World Wide Web where town residents can pay city bills and access more information about the municipality.

While at least one councilor is concerned about the expense because of the fragile state of the economy still recovering from the recent recession, other city officials said at the Jan. 18 meeting that the upgrades are crucial.

Councilor Lee Swann said he believes the website improvements are “something we’re going to have to do sooner or later.”

Lanny Capps, the CEO of Tech 22, said on Monday he has been working with Orange Beach city officials to develop the company’s plan for Jasper’s city website.

“We are going to find a solution that works,” Capps said.

According to the agenda for today’s meeting, the Council also plans to:

•Consider a request to renew an agreement with Carl Elliott Regional Library and adopt a resolution concerning same;

•Consider a request for a parade permit for a car show;

•Recognize award recipients of ARPA State Awards;

•Consider appointments to the Industrial Development Board;

•Receive report on bids for tree service, asphalt cold mix, 16 8-yard dumpsters, concrete ready mix, and portable toilets;

•Introduce an ordinance annexing a parcel of land located at 302 Hunters Crossing Lane; and

•Consider approval of travel for city planner Keith Pike to attend the annual Alabama APA Conference March 31 through April 1.