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City looks to upgrade Web site

The city of Woodbury Web site draws an average of 267,000 page views monthly, but the 8-year-old site looks dated and lacks some common online tools.

City council members have put their initial support behind a staff request to redesign the Web site next year, giving it a spiffed up appearance, enhanced search operations and perhaps the ability to pay city bills online.

The city's proposed 2010 budget specified $50,000 for a redesign. The project could cost less or more, depending on bids and whether optional items are added. A formal council vote still is needed.

Julie Lehr, Woodbury communications coordinator, said the city will accept bids from local and national Web-design companies. A local vendor is preferred, but there are national companies with extensive experience designing city and county Web sites, she said.

The existing site will remain active during a redesign.

Jason Egerstrom, who maintains the city Web site, said use is increasing. In 2008, the monthly average was 224,000 views. It is up 43,000 views a month this year.

The site - www.ci.woodbury.mn.us - includes 6,000 Web pages. It includes archived meeting agendas, permit and fee information and other city service information.

The tentative redesign schedule proposes a March 2011 launch. That is too far away, council member Paul Rebholz said.

City staff said the schedule is flexible.

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