South Stormont launches new $61,000 website

The front page of the South Stormont municipal website on Monday, July 13, 2020. The township announced its redeveloped site launch which cost over $61,000 to upgrade. ( via Newswatch Group)

SOUTH STORMONT – A new municipal website for South Stormont, which cost taxpayers over $61,000, promises to be more “user friendly.”

In a statement Monday, Mayor Bryan McGillis says “providing improved online services and ease of access to information for residents has been a priority of this council, and we are thrilled with the end result.”

The portal will allow residents to apply for permits, report concerns to the township and pay for some services online.

The contract was awarded in October 2019 to eSolutionsGroup for $61,050 plus $8,000 a year for hosting and licence fees. The township budgeted $56,400 in last year’s budget with the balance in this year’s budget.

It was one of two proposals submitted. eSolutionsGroup was $48,055 more expensive than the other proposal by RedChair but outscored the other bidder in the RFP process.

eSolutionsGroup has produced other municipal websites, including Burlington, Richmond Hill, Oshawa, Kingston, North Glengarry and the City of Cornwall.