LETHBRIDGE: Representatives at city hall say miscalculating the amount of work involved is what's delaying a new website project.
In an effort to improve communication with the public, council approved the City of Lethbridge's website project in May 2010. They set a budget of $1.2 million, with much of the funding designated for hiring a web design company to help with construction. The site was slated for public launch in January 2011. Three months later, city staff cite "content population issues" as the reason for the delay.
"In January, effectively the vendor said here's the website, we think we're finished," IT manager Sabina Visser told Country 95 News. "As we started populating more content and putting more information on the website, we found a few more issues. So the vendor needed to make some adjustments."
The spokesperson for the project, Jody Meli, agrees underestimating the amount of work involved with uploading content is the issue.
"We didn't want to just copy and paste content from the old site," she says. "We wanted to make sure the content was relevant. And that's taken some effort and time to do that."
Neither spokesperson agreed on a new launch date for the website, though Meli says it could go public as early as next week.