Pre-budget pre-approval of $50,000 website redesign

MORRISBURG — South Dundas council is not waiting until budget time to allocate $10,000 towards the re-design of the South Dundas municipal website.

With this additional allocation, South Dundas now has $50,000 set aside to proceed with the re-design in early 2017 that will result in a completely new website.

South Dundas decided that $50,000 was the correct amount to set aside for the project, because, according to Katherine Wells, communications and tourism coordinator for South Dundas, “It is in line with what South Stormont invested.”

She told The Leader the new South Dundas website will be comprised of a new content management system and front-end design.

Staff plans to meet with council in early 2017 to discuss the types and functions of the modules that council would like to see on the new website.

Council input will be used to help staff create the request for proposal for the project.

“Until this meeting occurs, I cannot say with certainty the exact form the new website will take,” said Wells.

While $50,000 has been budgeted, Wells said there is always the possibility that through the RFP process, the site could come in significantly higher or lower than the budgeted amount.

The last website rebuild took place in 2010 and a re-vamp was undertaken in 2014.

South Dundas councillor Marc St. Pierre suggested that perhaps, this decision should be part of budget discussions. “Are we not getting ahead of ourselves,” he asked. “We can pre-approve,” answered South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde.

Council agreed, unanimously, to the pre-approval.

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