Aurora aldermen will vote Tuesday night on spending more than $600,000 on a new city website that will last at least five years.
City Council will vote on a $605,242 contract with Chicago-based CityBase, Inc. to develop a website that officials say would be an upgrade from what the city currently has and would be unique in Aurora.
The aldermen placed the item on the consent agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, so it is likely to pass.
Aurora’s current website was created in 2016. It contains 19,000 pages, and city officials said that last April alone there were more than 200,000 page views by over of 80,000 users.
During the pandemic, the website saw traffic double. More than 50% of people access the website from a mobile device, officials said.
City officials said people wanted a website that was equally accessible from all platforms — as good on a mobile device as it was on a computer.
Officials are looking for a website that would allow people to do everything they could do in person at City Hall. They also said the site should show the city to people who might want to move to Aurora or businesses that might want to locate in the city.
The site review process began from May to July 2020, when the city engaged its third-party company, Marketplace.city, to bring together 50 companies that could do the job. City officials reduced that number to six.
Then the effort was put on hold during the pandemic because there were other priorities, according to city officials.
At the end of 2021, officials restarted the process by posting a notice to see who might still be interested. Officials then narrowed the list down to three.
The city chose CityBase because it’s local, Chicago-based, and because of the amount of work the company did. He developed the Denver and Indianapolis websites and did finance department work in New York and Chicago.
The company is particularly adept at collecting payments online, thanks in part to its enhanced security protocols, officials said.
The $605,242 contract would be for five years and would include ongoing maintenance of the site as it develops.