Township renews website contract

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Concord Township Trustees renewed their contract with Alliance Technology for their website design and maintenance on Tuesday.

The trustees made a motion and passed a resolution to renew the contract for 2016 for $856, same as 2015’s contract. Trustee Tom Mercer said the business was in the process of redesigning the township’s website to make it user-friendly. Trustee Don Pence said he has asked the business for a quote to redesign the website and add new software to drive the website. Trustee Bill Whidden said he reviewed the changes through email in the last few weeks.

Pence said the company is to redesign the website to help format the screen to make it more mobile friendly. Mercer said the redesign of the website will help residents find important information such as new ordinances in a more user-friendly format.

“In the past to see what ordinances we might have, they had to go down the FAQs on the left side. Then that would take you to resolutions that we might have like barking dogs or parking their vehicles, so that’s what we feel most people want readily to be able to see,” Mercer said. “So now it’s going to appear right up front a whole list of the things we have in place. We’re trying to take out some things that most people don’t care about anymore and get the information to people that look for it out there.”

Rhoades also reported the county transfer station would accept Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 19. Rhoades said the township picked up 86 trees last year. Trustees agreed to continue to have Rhoades and staff pick up trees for residents on a weekly route as they perform other maintenance. Rhoades said trees picked up after Jan. 19, could be mulched at Chaney’s Nursery. All trees must have all ornaments, lights and tinsel removed prior to pick up.

Rhoades also reported the township extended leaf pick-up, which ended Dec. 11. Rhoades said the township picked up 247 loads of leaves and took it an organic farm on Wilson Road. Rhoades reported leaf pick-up was up 20 loads from last year.A Concord Township resident asked if the township was aware of a large pothole on Monroe-Concord Road near a development access road. Road Superintendent Neil Rhoades advised the resident the area was a county road.

Rhoades said he had contacted the county maintenance department about the damaged roadway after fielding another complaint from a resident.

The township plans to meet during a special session to pay the year-end invoices for payments at 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at the township building. No other business is expected at the meeting and the time and date is subject to change.

The next regular meeting of the board will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 5, at the Concord Township Building on Horizon West Court.

By Melanie Yingst

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