The John Day City Council discussed plans to update the city website at the regular meeting Aug. 13.
Aha Consulting will provide the update, and the new website would be “substantially different than what currently have,” City Manager Nick Green said.
Green said the update to the site cost approximately $5,000 and is planned to go live on Jan. 1, 2017.
In other council news:
• The council declined to rezone the downtown district per a request from Dan Graikowski, a citizen who wished to build a residence within the district.
• The council received an endorsement request from the Save Outdoor School for All campaign. The campaign is dedicated to providing every Oregon fifth- and sixth-graders a week of hands-on, science-based, outdoor learning. The council made the decision to acquire more information before providing an endorsement.
The council also reviewed goals for the 2016-17 fiscal year, including:
• Encouraging the state Legislature to increase the state 911 tax revenue or find another revenue source to keep local emergency dispatch centers open.
• Begin plans on a sidewalk improvement project from Southwest Sixth Avenue to Grant Union High School.
• Move forward on the Main Street Beautification Project if the city’s grant application is approved.
• Continue to market the industrial park and the city of John Day.
• Continue to build financial reserves for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement Project by raising sewer rates each year as well as research other options for new facilities and continue to research upgrades for the current plant.
• Continue to support Secure Rural Schools funding.
• Promote city volunteerism through city newsletters, the local paper and community outreach.