Of the many government websites in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Glenwood Springs portal has the most clunky in recent years. Like other entities trying to get on the cutting edge, namely the Town of Basalt and Pitkin County, Glenwood is putting in tens of thousands of dollars to catch up.
The city is unveiling a new and improved website on Thursday. It’s built by a company that has done nearly two thousand other government sites, which can be extremely complicated. “On our current site I have trouble finding things,” laments Glenwood Springs IT Director Bob Farmer. “I figure our citizens also have problems. So we’re really hoping to make everything accessible within three clicks, and for most things within one or two clicks.”
Glenwood has been working on the site since early this year, and the city is spending about $22,000 up front, out of its $30,000 project budget. Several bids originally came in at far more than the budget allowed. Farmer says the site should cost about $8,000 a year to maintain.