City, county, chamber will go online together

City, county and chamber officials have an online date set for this summer.

That’s when the three agencies will merge together on one Web site, trimming manpower and tax dollars as they go.

“I’ve heard people saying we really need to do something with ours,” Waynesboro Mayor George DeLoach said of the city’s current in-house site. “What we have now is not very good.”

City council members unanimously approved their stake in the tri-agency project Monday night, projecting their costs in the $3,000 neighborhood.

County commissioners did their part last week when they accepted a proposal from Athens

web development firm J House Media to create and maintain the site, Burke County Administrator Merv Waldrop said.

J House was one of two companies, neither local, that submitted proposals.

Theirs calls for $10,000 to $15,000 and three months to get the site up and running.

Waldrop said the shared site will weed out a lot of duplications, like community information and statistics, that are currently posted by all three agencies.

At the same time, the vamped up site will be capable of new interactive services like online utility and tax payments.

“We’re all going to have a lot more than we have now,” Waldrop said.

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