The Almost Isle City Council will soon have a new website designed by a Michigan company.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The City Council of Près Isle will soon have a new website designed by a Michigan company.
Meeting at the Sargent Family Community Center on June 1, the council voted to give the job to Revize of Troy, Michigan, who submitted the lowest cost estimate of $21,000, City Manager Martin Puckett said. .
A committee was formed in 2020 to discuss a new, updated website, and the group polled residents on what they would like to see on the site. The public, as well as staff and council, felt it should be mobile-friendly, easy to navigate, contain links to social media and a calendar of city events, and staff should be able to update it. updated regularly, according to board documents.
Puckett told advisers that 60-75% of people who access city websites do so on a mobile device, so smartphone and tablet compatibility is key. Committee members reviewed requests for proposals ranging from $65,000 to $21,000, he said.
Revize has come up with a design that will be easy for staff to update, which would be especially useful if events are canceled or in an emergency, and also has a 24-hour helpline to get help. The company administers websites for Saco, Hampden, Waterboro, Augusta and Alfred, Puckett said.
“Having something that’s mobile-friendly is a big deal,” said board chairman Kevin Freeman.
Advisors who had accessed websites Revize built for other Maine communities said they were satisfied with the ease of navigation and interactivity of these sites.
The group voted unanimously to award the job to Revize.
Puckett provided an update on the renovation of City Hall. The first and second floors have been completed and work continues on the third floor, including the council chamber. The work is about four weeks late.
“We were hoping the next council meeting would be here, but we’re not quite there,” he said.
On Wednesday, crews were framing the exterior windows on the third floor and working on the heating and cooling system.
The last room will be the main entrance, which will involve the extension of the canopy. This project has been included in the renovation plan but has not yet been estimated, Councilor Craig Green said. Green and Mike Chasse are the two advisors to the building committee.
Staff who now live on the first and second floors have a more comfortable work environment, Freeman said, and have heard lots of positive feedback from the community.
A grand opening and viewing will be scheduled at a later date.
In other business, Près Isle International Airport manager Scott Wardwell said the airport had the best months of March, April and May since 2007 for boardings. Fuel sales have also doubled since 2019, he said.
The increases come despite higher fuel costs and the cancellation of connections from Washington Dulles due to the ongoing nationwide shortage of pilots spurred by COVID-19. People are comparing prices between flying locally and having to travel in-state and possibly staying overnight, and many are choosing to fly from Almost Isle, Wardwell said.
The board also approved changes to the marijuana ordinance discussed at the May meeting, which included banning retail pot stores in agricultural areas, implementing health advisories, better odor control and an appeal process if a business license is not granted.
The next board meeting will be on Wednesday July 6th.