On Aug. 31, Delaware County’s Board of Commissioners approved a contract with New Albany-based web designer Buckeye Interactive to guide the County’s website-redesign project. Costs are not to exceed $90,000 for work that has been identified in the project’s scope, with an additional cap of $35,000 included for any extra work identified later in the process.
“This will be a very extensive and complex project,” said Jane Hawes, communications manager for the Commissioners, who is serving as project manager. “Because of the enthusiastic response we have received from all branches of our county government, we have a rare opportunity to overhaul the entire site and really bring it up to today’s standards.”
The biggest change that the redesign will yield, said Hawes, is a website that will “scale” to fit different size screens.
“We know that a rapidly growing percentage of our users are accessing our website on mobile devices like iPhones or tablets,” Hawes said, “but most parts of our website don’t shrink to fit the screens on those devices. It’s currently designed just for desktop-computer monitors and we know that has to change if we’re going to improve our ability to serve Delaware County residents and business owners.”
Buckeye Interactive was selected from a field of 13 companies that bid for the project. Founded in 2009, the company has extensive experience with other civic organizations, including the City of Powell, the City of New Albany, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Village of Obetz.
“They clearly understood how government organizations work,” Hawes said. “That was critical in making our selection. They also, quite frankly, had the longest time estimate for completion — seven months — and we felt that showed they had really done their homework and understood just how complex this project will be.”
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Delaware County Accepting Applications for Charitable Agency Support
The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications from local charitable agencies for consideration to be included in a payroll-deduction contribution plan for interested County employees.
A charitable agency is considered a not-for-profit corporation, community chest, united fund, or other similar united community fund organization maintaining status as a tax-exempt IRS 501(c) (3) organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes with none of its earnings inured to any private shareholder or individual. It may not be an action organization that influences legislation or political candidates.
The following criteria must be met by the charitable agency for consideration:
a) Provide programs or services that benefit the Delaware County community as a whole
b) Support a variety of diverse needs within the Delaware County community
c) Have administrative costs of twenty percent (20%) or less
d) Comply with all applicable Ohio laws regarding charitable organizations
e) Be directed by an active board of trustees who have no material conflict of interest
f) Have been in existence for at least five (5) years prior to application
g) Have a stated policy of non-discrimination and comply with all federal and state laws and regulations
h) Agree to be subject to audit to the extent necessary to ensure compliance with the eligibility criteria
Resolution 13-324, passed in 2013, allows for local charitable agencies to submit applications for consideration as a payroll-deduction contribution by interested county employees. This resolution can be viewed on the Delaware County website, www.co.delaware.oh.us. All submissions will be reviewed by the Delaware County Charitable Agency Committee, made up of five (5) members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. After committee review and recommendation, the Delaware County Commissioners will approve no more than three (3) charitable agencies and approval by resolution will be valid for two full calendar years, commencing Jan. 1, 2018.
For those interested agencies applying for 2018-19 consideration, please submit a letter addressing the above criteria completely to the Clerk of the Board of Commissioners no later than Oct. 1, 2017: Jennifer Walraven, Clerk, 101 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for this story was provided by Delaware County.