BANGOR, Maine — The city of Bangor’s new website, initially budgeted to cost $20,000 to $25,000, came in way under budget as it debuted Thursday, according to City Manager Cathy Conlow.
The final cost? Nothing.
The hiring of Meghan Collins as government channel and website manager, combined with the donation of a $7,000 content management system by Mayor Cary Weston’s Sutherland Weston Marketing/Communications business, saved the city at least $20,000 to $25,000, Conlow said.
“She filled a position we really needed and was able to do even more than we expected as the web designer and manager, so we didn’t need to contract outside,” said Conlow.
Collins spent six months designing the site.
Anyone can now watch City Council meetings live and taped online through the site, which hadn’t been redesigned since 2004. Before, viewers had to be Time Warner Cable subscribers to watch the meetings. Collins also designed it to be easily updated by city staffers.
Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an error. Meghan Collins was hired as the government channel and website manager, not Meaghan Collins.