Muskego spreads a more convenient web

Upgraded website will make meetings and info more accessible

April 16, 2012

Muskego - It will soon be much easier to follow civic affairs using the city of Muskego's website.

Thanks to technical upgrades expected to be completed by fall, residents will be able to watch an entire meeting or portions of it using the website,, at any time.

The design includes a time-saving feature. By clicking on an agenda item, residents can opt to view only that part of a meeting that interests them.

The streaming and archived video will be available for meetings of the Common Council, the Committee of the Whole and the Finance Committee. That list might be expanded, but additional storage space would be needed sooner.

Cost of improvements

The upgrade, costing about $25,000 for the first year, will offer a number of other improvements as well, officials said. The basic upgrade will cost another $12,393 for each of the next two years. Then costs will drop to the ongoing basic maintenance charge of $5,037 per year.

Added to those costs will be the video streaming and archiving so that previous meetings can be viewed. That will cost an extra $7,000, plus $4,750 for licensing.

The city will run out of computer storage space for the video archives next year, so it will need to buy more at an estimated additional cost of $12,000. But that should be enough for five years of meetings, said John Wisniewski, the city's director of information technology.

Deemed worthy

Despite those costs, the council strongly supported the video streaming and archiving.

"That's important so people can go back and check on what was said," Alderman Keith Werner said.

And they can get right to the issue they are interested in, Alderman Dan Soltysiak said.

Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti agreed: "Most people don't want to sit through the whole thing."

Alderwoman Eileen Madden, newly appointed to fill the unexpired term of Noah Fiedler who stepped down, welcomed the new website in general.

"Our website is probably the most unfriendly website around," she said.

Madden also noted that the new website will be far more secure than the current one.

CivicPlus, which has offices in 10 states and is based in Manhattan, Kan., has been awarded the contract to develop a new website for the city. It was one of three companies that submitted proposals, which were evaluated by the city's Communication Committee and Wisniewski.


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