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January 29, 2013

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JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville’s parks department will have a new place to showcase its parks and events.

The Jeffersonville Parks Authority Board approved a proposal to launch a new parks department website through ProMedia, the city’s communications provider. A proposal was previously offered at a parks authority meeting, but before any approvals were granted the board members requested additional bids be sought.

Parks Director Paul Northam said he requested a bid from one other company, which did not offer a response.

The proposal from ProMedia would included a one-time payment of $7,850 to create the parks department website. 

“With all of our content, the 26 some odd parks we have, the six or so facilities we have, all of the special events we have going on, I just feel like the city’s website couldn’t do it justice,” he said.

An offer in the proposal also included developing a separate website for the RiverStage that would cost $3,250 and Smokin’ on the River as a third website at a cost of $3,750. The total cost was $14,850 and did not include an annual fee of $200 per month for upkeep. For three websites the cost would total $600 per month.

But the parks authority questioned whether or not there was a need for three separate websites.

Northam added that ProMedia had said the RiverStage and Smokin’ on the River sites could be included under the parks department proposal at no additional cost.

Sara Schutz, assistant superintendent of special events and RiverStage, said she would like to at least keep RiverStage as a separate website, and the Smokin’ on the River could be included in that site.

“That’s kind of my preference,” said Parks Authority President Ed Zastawny. “I think we’ve got enough going on at RiverStage that it would garner its own website and its own hits.”

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