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Oxford OKs revamping city website

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

OXFORD -- The city of Oxford's website soon will be revamped.

The Oxford City Council recently approved Blake Malcolm with Elastic Designs to rebuild the city's Web page, which is located at www.oxfordgeorgia.org, for $2,800.

In 2008, the city contracted with Oxford College student Michael Dale to create and update the site. However, in 2009, his mother Sue was elected to the City Council and he was no longer allowed to be on the city's payroll, so the website hasn't had much use since.

But the City Council has decided to put the space to good use again.

"It's an opportunity for the citizens to communicate with the city," said Councilman Hoyt Oliver.

Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry said the website will be rebuilt after the first of the year and will include many features for current and future residents.

He said minutes from City Council meetings will be posted, announcements for meetings of various city organizations and special events will be announced and there will be current and historic information about the city for both current residents and newcomers. He also plans to post a message from the mayor on a regular basis.

The design company also can complete any graphic and logo designs as needed, place photo slide shows on the site and shoot and upload videos, according to a proposal.

City staff also will be trained so they will be able to operate and maintain the site after it is built, Oliver said.

Also this month, the City Council unanimously approved several bids for the new municipal building -- $13,116 with Wagner Service Solutions for janitorial services, $420 with Cleary Exterminating Co. for pest control services and $3,600 with Durden's Lawn Maintenance for lawn care. The bid for janitorial services also included $4,560 for the city's maintenance facility. Councilman James Windham added that the bid wasn't the low bid but the total was only about $300 off from the low bid but Wagner was the current service provider and wouldn't require any additional training.