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WAXAHACHIE - CivicPlus was selected to evaluate the county's current website and website needs and to develop a new website, including training, hosting, and implementation Monday, Nov. 26, by Ellis County Commissioners.

'This is the company that we have selected after much research and time spent looking at who specializes in websites for government entities, municipalities and so on,' said Teral Crawford, information technology director for the County.

'In negotiations, I was able to secure that upon signing of this contract there is roughly a six month period for completion of the project, and there will be no funds paid by the County until the go-live date in that six month time frame.'

CivicPlus will host the new website at their server farm, so the county will not be required to invest in any hardware for the project.

'In reflection of what my staff currently does to keep our website up and running, those things won't be our burden at that point,' Crawford added.

'Posting and so on will be determined throughout the analysis when they sit down with us department by department - who is going to be trained and how things will be posted.'

The cost of the project - which includes a $17,100 one-time fee and an annual fee of $9,600 - has been included in the current budget. Commissioners also voted to provide a two percent cost of living adjustment for the county's current retirees for 2008.

Prior to the regular meeting, members of the court were treated to a demonstration of what goes on in 4-H Chapter Conducting Competition.

Commissioner Heath Sims, pct. 3, sponsored the demonstration.

'When you think about ag, you think about farms and produce, but as you can see, it is so much more than that,' Sims said.

'This is just one of the opportunities that ag provides for leadership training and so on.'

Students making the presentation included Seth Sims, Taylor Wright, Caroline Clifton, Corey Troxell, Bryn Walker, and Elizabeth Craig. The freshman Chapter Conducting team, which is now headed for the State level competition, is sponsored by D.J. Werencke.

'Commissioner Sims, I want to say thanks for that workshop you provided,' said County Judge Chad Adams.

'It was very informative and I'm actually very humbled to run this meeting after a performance like that.'

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