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Improvements planned for city’s official website

The initial phases to improve the city’s official website are underway.

The website, www.bcnv.org, will be redesigned by CivicPlus, a Kansas-based company that has built and designed websites for more than 1,800 governments across the country.

The city’s official website had not been redesigned since 2010, and the improvements will cost Boulder City $28,690, according to the contract.

Some of the new website’s improvements will allow residents to pay their utility bills online, as well as being able to write city staff with information about infrastructure issues such as broken street lights. According to Community Development Director Brok Armantrout, the new website will be more citizen-friendly.

“It puts everything in one location so that people won’t have to hunt and peck,” he said. “It will give us the ability to provide news in a more timely manner.”

The city’s current website designer, LasVegas.Net, charges Boulder City $12,000 per year for Internet service. Armantrout said CivicPlus will charge Boulder City about $7,000 per year.

Armantrout said CivicPlus also prevented the city website of Ferguson, Mo., one of its clients, from being hacked after riots took place throughout the town in November.

The new website is expected to be up and running by June. Armantrout added the city is hopeful that all of the kinks will be worked out by the end of the year.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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