County looks for cash for new software 0
County councillors will be looking in planning department reserves for more cash to enhance the county's online presence.
In this year's budget, councillors set aside $25,000 for upgrading both its political and tourism websites.
That process is being overseen by Algonquin Highlands Reeve Carol Moffatt.
However, the allocation is not enough to pay for an interactive map for the site, something that has been done by other municipalities and something which councillors on the county's tourism development committee are clearly fans of.
“The big, fancy map that we're all anxious to have is a year and half out,” Moffatt told her colleagues at a July 11 committee meeting.
The map would require a software update of between $15,000 and $20,000.
Minden Hills Reeve Barb Reid suggested that money be taken out of reserves.
“That way we don't have to wait for April of next year for the budget to be passed,” Reid said.
Treasurer Laura Janke confirmed there were two applicable reserves where money could be found.
Reid also suggested councillors see a comparison of Flew Viewer 1 to Flex Viewer 2.
“I think members of council would clearly see there's a huge difference,” she said.
Moffatt said some councillors had seen the new software.
“At the time. I don't most councillors understood the application and the value of the application,” she said. “It's a tremendously valuable tool for this community to have.”
Chief administrative officer Jim Wilson said he would bring details on the process back to councillors.
The tourism development committee, formerly the economic development committee, consists of the county's four reeves.