City Council Considers Webiste
Talk of an updated website for the city dominated the conversation at the Monticello City Council regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Ace One Technologies out of Jonesboro sent native Monticellonian Drake Hill to talk to the Council about the web design and hosting services they offer and what they could do to provide information to the citizens of Monticello and the surrounding areas.
According to Hill, he feels there is a disconnect between the city and millennials and in order to heal the disconnect the city needs a new upgraded website that is fresh and modern. A website created by AceOne Technologies would be able to build a website that would be a "great source of information and would promote local events.
Members of the council asked if the company would offer disaster recovery and were told that AceOne is one of the only companies that not only restores the data in case of a disaster, such as ransom ware, but also checks to ensure that the recovery was successful and that all information is still available.
The company would charge a one time fee of $4,432, along with a yearly fee of $69 and a monthly maintenance fee of $50, a $200 monthly back up fee. If the monthly maintenance is anything over an hour, extra charges would be incurred.
The Council discussed the issue and said they would consider the proposal as they looked at other services to determine which would be the best for Monticello.
Also on the agenda was an update from the planning commission given by Rob Echols. According to Echols the commission is continuing to work on updates to the open burning ordinance, the inoperable and abandoned vehicles ordinance, which will now include campers and travel trailers, as well as updates to the Mobile Home Ordinance and looking at ordinances to address trucks moving through and parking on residential streets in the City.
Monticello Economic Development Commission's Nita McDaniel updated the council on MEDC's continued progress in recruiting industry to Monticello.
According to McDaniel, MEDC one of the three companies they were working with has gone dormant but another one visited Monticello for a site visit and discussions are slowly moving forward. MEDC also received a request for information from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
McDaniel also reported that County Judge Robert Akin has expressed interest in getting a boat ramp with access to Bayou Bartholemue in Drew County. With bids being made for new construction on the Highway 277 bridge, discussions are taking place between ArDOT, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission about possible boat access in that area.
Interfor is in talks with MEDC about making a capital investment to construct a warehouse in the industrial complex due to the vast amount of lumber being shipped out by train by the company.