I’ve recently come across a discussion on City’s recent decision to overhaul the its website.
According to the plan, the City will be spending $15,000 to on a contracting company to do the overhaul. It will spend additional dollars to upgrade and maintain the site time to time in future.
I think this is a total waste of City’s taxpayers’ dollars. Jobs like this could easily be accomplished through a UMD student project. UMD student projects, such as Gateway Park design have produced fantastic results in the past.
True, there are issues like ADA / 504 compliance are part of the new requirement, but Computer science / information tech students are actually taught on these subjects in the class.
City’s IT staff should be up to the task of managing and maintaining small software development project like this. We pay $210,000 every year on them (please see below).
Price, Sarah $74,468 Information Systems Manager
Scalzo, Gonzalo $72,820 Programmer Analyst
Oulahyane, Youssef $63,845 Information Systems Tech III