The Bel Air Town Commissioners voted unanimously at their meeting Monday night to approve a new website for Bel Air .
The new $20,079 website is set to roll out sometime in early 2014, Michael L. Krantz, Bel Air's director of administration, said.
"The updates will revitalize our town website," Krantz said. "It will increase our presence and increase the accessibility of our services."
The Town of Bel Air will switch from its current host and web developer - THUD Interactive, a Bel-Air based company owned by Frank Memmo - to CivicPlus, which specializes in web design and content management for municipalities and governments.
Funding for the new website will be taken from the town's technology budget for the 2014 fiscal year along with a portion from the 2012 and 2013 budgets. Krantz said Bel Air has $30,000 set aside for the website design and new host contract.
The initial re-design, set up and hosting will cost the town $20,070 for the first year. The town will pay $4,039 for every subsequent year on a year-to-year contract.
Krantz said the town will be "piggy backing" on a Caroline County contract with CivicPlus, which was signed in September.
"The contract will ensure fair pricing and services without having to re-do the bidding process," Krantz said.
Krantz said the new website will be more "robust and user-friendly." He said it will include upgrades such as an agenda center, calendar, business development center and the possibility for an integrated social media component.
Under the contract, CivicPlus will provide around-the-clock user support and maintenance apps and modules.