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An update of the website for the Cayuga County government and 19 participating towns and villages is moving forward, with an initial design presented to county staff last week, according to a memo from the county administrator.

Approved by the Cayuga County Legislature last summer, the new website will update the county's aging online presence, offering both enhanced features for users and enhanced functionality and security for the county and its departments.

In a memo to legislators, Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods said county staff would be the first to see the production version of the site, which is still being worked on, with training to start this week.

Besides the county itself, the vendor developing the website built a "municipality page" format to allow the 19 towns and villages that currently have their websites serviced through the county's site to provide uniformity with the main site but also allow enough flexibility to customize their individual sites, according to the memo.

Woods' memo also notes that the county used the update as an opportunity to draft service agreements between the county and municipalities to specify services, terms and responsibilities.

There is no charge for municipalities to participate in the service.

The design of a new website was approved in July after a lengthy period of debate that included multiple rounds of rejections in committees before final approval.

Before that approval, Legislator Elane Daly, D-Auburn, offered a proposal to use money saved in the 2018 budget to pay for the $64,198 first-year fee for the project to alleviate the concern of some legislators that the project would put a strain on the 2019 budget.

In addition to the first-year fee, the project would include annual payments starting at $23,733.79 for year one and $23,732 each for years two and three, before dropping to $9,975 with annual increases of 5 percent for the remainder of the eight-year contract.

New features promised for the new website include the ability to register the use of county park facilities online, easier access to meeting agendas and minutes, and more.

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