The City of McCook will soon have a new presence on the Internet.
The McCook City Council Monday night approved to authorize city staff to negotiate a $14,994 contract with Civic Plus of Manhattan, Kan., to upgrade the city's Web site.
The city received three proposals for the Web site redesign. One did not meet requirements and another came in over budget at $28,615.
The contract with Civic Plus will provide emergency support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and also includes: training and documentation, design production, content development and registering the site with all major search engines. Annual maintenance will be $260 monthly or $3,000 annually, with start-to-finish time to complete the Web site at 18 to 22 weeks.
Items on the site will include online job applications, opinion polls, a photo gallery up to 50 photos and quick links
Councilman Aaron Kircher said he wanted the City of McCook to have a Facebook page, that could be linked to the city's Web site.
He also asked if the site could take online payments. City Clerk Lea Ann Doak said online payments of city bills would be possible in the future, when an agreement with PayPal is completed.
Kircher also recommended that one person in each department be responsible for updating its section, instead of one person for the entire site.
Streaming videos of city council meetings are not available now but may be in the future, City Clerk Lea Ann Doak this morning.