Wauconda may overhaul website

Posted1/7/2015 5:30 AM

Citing concerns about out-of-date information, empty meeting calendars and other issues, Wauconda officials on Tuesday said they want to overhaul the village's website.

The members of the village board's communications committee also are considering ditching the company that now oversees website operations in favor of a different firm.


The site can be found at Wauconda-il.gov.

Committee leader and village Trustee Linda Starkey brought a list of problems with the website to the discussion at village hall. It included:

• An empty 2015 meeting calendar.

• No updates on the long-awaited Lake Michigan drinking water project since September, despite recent progress.

• Out-of-date newsletters.

• An out-of-date photograph of the village board members.

Other issues concerned customer service issues. For example, the agenda for board meetings and their summaries are listed with the newest meetings at the bottom.

Starkey wants to reverse that order.

Starkey and fellow committee member Chuck Black agreed the site needs work.

"The only way to go is to get something new," Starkey said. "In the mean time, we need to get some of the blatant errors resolved."

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A firm called the Fokoz Creative Group now handles the task. The committee is eyeing a company called CivicPlus for the job.

Changing vendors will require a vote by the entire village board.

Starkey said she hopes to get it on the agenda for the next village board meeting later this month.

Black was enthusiastic about the plan.

"Let's jump on this," he said.

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