City hires Mich. firm to reboot its Web site

Last update was 2006; debut likely in late June


Maumee’s city Web site will soon be getting a makeover.

City council voted last week to hire Revize Software Systems of Troy, Mich., to redesign Maumee’s main Internet presence, support and maintain the site for five years, and redesign it again at the end of that period.

The contract will cost the city $10,500 in its first year and $1,500 annually after that, including the second redesign.

The city’s Web site, last updated in 2006, is “atrocious” and the redesign should produce a superior result, councilman Daniel Hazard said. “It’s vitally important in this electronic age that we have a presentable product to put out there,” he said.

Revize is expected to be able to “go live” with the new Web site nine weeks after starting work, or roughly late June.

The site contains pages about city services, meeting schedules and agendas, activities and events, a community profile, Maumee Municipal Court, and links to other local information.

In other business, council approved the hiring of four Maumee police officers whose employment starts on consecutive days this week.

Officers Brian Hill, Andrew King, William Pollock, and Travis Brewer replace four of five city officers who have retired in the last 30 months, Police Chief Robert Zink said.

“For a couple of those years, we were in a voluntary hiring freeze,” the chief said after the meeting.

The hirings bring the department’s manpower to 43, including command officers, one shy of its authorized strength. Chief Zink said another retirement is expected in May, but he said it isn’t likely he’ll seek additional hires until next year.

The officers’ starting salaries will be about $46,000, the chief said.

Also at the meeting, council approved a contract with Wilson Auction and Realty Co. of Bryan, Ohio, to handle an auction Saturday of surplus city property. City officials plan to truck the surplus items, which include an assortment of old computers, office equipment, and furniture, to Wilson’s Bryan facility because Maumee lacks space to set up an auction locally.