The Grant County Court approved the selection of Civic Plus to design and create a new county website at its May 9 meeting. According to Economic Development Coordinator Sally Bartlett, four companies submitted proposals.
The contract will be reviewed by County Attorney Ron Yockim and brought back to the court in two weeks. The $18,600 contract includes oversight, training and technical assistance and includes the first $4,000 annual payment for technical assistance. The payment will come out of the county’s economic development fund.
Selection committee members noted that Civic Plus offered to redesign the website after four years for no additional charge, and the company has a good record for security and backups. Bartlett noted that each county department will have a person trained to upload content to the new website and said, “Everything will be easier.”
• The court approved title transfers to two mobile homes attached to tax-foreclosed properties slated to be auctioned off May 17. The court also agreed to remove three of the 31 properties from the auction so they can be sold through separate negotiations. Commissioner Jim Hamsher proposed that the county accept bids for two weeks immediately following the auction for any properties that don’t sell.
• The court approved a request from Sgt. Josh Wolf for the purchase of a $17,271 electronic fingerprinting machine for use at the Grant County Jail, which is one of the last jails in Oregon to use the old method of inking fingers and sending the printed paper to the state by mail. A grant will reimburse 90 percent of the cost of the machine.
• The court appointed Lenny Dowdy to the Extension and 4-H budget committee.
• The Grant County Court’s next regularly scheduled meeting is May 23.