council gives OK for new website

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Pickens officials voted Monday night to use GovOffice Web Solutions to maintain the city’s website.

City administrator Bruce Evilsizor presented examples of the firm’s work from other sites including Fort Mill, Windsor, Wisc., and White Oak High School.

The site would be used to keep citizens informed on city business, as well as the Pickens Revitalization Association. Council members liked that the site would be easier to update, with city staff members being able to update the site without the help of the web design firm.

The cost of the new web design firm will be $8,095 annually. The cost of the former web design was $6,600 annually. Council approved the move with a unanimous vote.

Evilsizor said he checked with four web design firms before making his presentation to council.

The Pickens boys 10-and-under recreation football team will be going to Myrtle Beach this weekend to play for the state championship.

The girls’ 12-and-under and girls’ 9-and-under volleyball teams have already won state titles. Mayor David Owens said he planned to recognize both teams before the city’s Christmas tree lighting Tuesday afternoon.

Owens also announced that all horses in the annual Christmas parade, set for a 7 p.m. start on Dec. 12, will be required to wear diapers.

“We don’t want our firemen to have to clean that stuff off the truck,” the mayor said.

Officials also announced the Pickens City Fire department will test hydrants at Pickens High School and Pickens Middle School through an agreement with the School District of Pickens County, and the Pickens Senior Center will have a breakfast this Saturday from 7-11 a.m.

“It’s one of our best fundraisers,” councilman Donnie McKinney said.