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New website to be developed for Grosse Pointe Farms

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 18, 2020

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Farms will be following in the footsteps of Grosse Pointe City and Park — which recently launched new municipal websites created by Troy-based website developer Revize — by also tapping Revize for a revamped Farms website.

During a meeting Jan. 21, the Farms City Council voted unanimously in favor of a low bid from Revize to redo the city’s website at a cost of $15,679, which includes training and an annual fee of $3,500. The annual fee covers unlimited tech support, security software updates and website hosting that includes 30 GB of storage space.

Revize agreed to extend the same pricing it offered Grosse Pointe City during the City’s competitive website bidding process in 2019.

“They’re clearly the leaders in this field,” Farms City Manager Shane Reeside said at a December council meeting. “It’s a special niche. We feel very confident this is going to be positive for the community.”

Although city officials said the Farms’ website is still functional, they felt it would be a good idea to redo the site to increase security, make it friendlier for mobile device users and make sure it is accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As to whether Revize backs up the data, city officials said the company does.

“They do have different hosting partners and different hosting farms, and there is some redundancy,” Assistant City Manager/City Clerk Derrick Kozicki said.

In an email to Kozicki, Joseph J. Nagrant, of Revize, wrote that Revize has “four redundant server farms — AWS, as well as redundant server farms in” Illinois, California and Texas. AWS stands for Amazon Web Services.

“It seemed like (they had) a very good plan for backup,” City Councilman Neil Sroka said.

The city’s last website overhaul was announced in 2012; the new site went live in May 2013. At that time, the cost was $39,000.