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New website shown to City Council

Mike Conway

Post Date:05/13/2016

New website, computer programming contract on Council agenda

The launch of the City's new website and a computer programming agreement are on the agenda for Monday night's City Council meeting.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

The City's Information Technology Director Jeff Bennyhoff will discuss the launch of the new website with the Council. The website is easier to navigate and presents the City's information in a more useful format. It's the first major upgrade in more than 10 years.

The City uses a software technology developed in the 1960s. Staff that was familiar with it recently retired. While it is dated, the software is still functional and is used for utility billing, payroll, business licenses, building permits and other uses. The Department is looking at replacement software, but it would cost $750,000.

In the interim, the Department found one vendor to provide support for the system. The $165,000 contract with THOR, Inc. will provide the support services for a year.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's web site at Videos of previous meetings can be found at that link, and are tied to each agenda item. Those services are in addition to the live broadcast of the regular meeting on Comcast's Government Channel 96.

The Council agenda is posted online at and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak forms are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the City's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the Council.

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