The Town of Conception Bay South’s website is about to get a $24,500 makeover, but at least one councillor wouldn't support the contract citing the work wasn't offered in a public tender or request for proposals.
The motion to award the contract to Ray Agency was put forward by financial and administrative services committee chairman Richard Murphy. It was seconded by Ward 2 councillor Junior Bursey. Ray Agency is the same company that was awarded a $40,000 contract to craft a television commercial promoting the town that will air during the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling tournament being hosted at the CBS Arena next month.
"I'm quite happy to see this recommendation here this evening," said Ward 3 councillor Gerard Tilley. "And I speak out of frustration for the past couple of years that I've been going in on our website and personally I don't think it's very user-friendly. So hopefully we'll get all the kinks worked out when this agency comes in and revamps our website."
Councillor-at-large Kirk Youden, however, noted he voted against the recommendation at the finance committee and was voting no again at the public meeting Tuesday night. "I don't question that we need some updating to our website," Youden said. "And I understand this is an extension of existing work, but I would have preferred to see that go to some sort of (public) expression of interest and I'll be voting against it for that reason."
Mayor Terry French said given the Ray Agency is producing the television commercial it's important that the website offer the same type of "feel." From what he has seen, he added, the agency has done good work. "I'm certainly supporting it," he said.