The city of Hilliard is looking for an experienced design firm to update its Web site.

The city of Hilliard is looking for an experienced design firm to update its Web site.

"We want to expand and enhance it, make it more responsive for the needs of the community -- a virtual 24-hour city hall, a one-stop source of information," said Lynne Fasone, clerk of council.

In 2008, city council formed a communications and outreach working group, and one of its initiatives was to update the city's existing Web site.

"We want to make it more visually appealing, (and) updated in a consistent format throughout the Web site," Fasone said.

The current www.cityof Web site has been around for well over a decade, said city council president Brett Sciotto, who chairs the working group. "It was designed by some engineers in the Service Department, and we've added to it over the years, but it's never been professionally done."

The city has issued a Request For Proposal regarding the re-design.

The redesigned site will "serve as the city's Internet presence for a minimum of three to five years," the RFP states.

"It is the city's wish to redesign the site to support e-government transactions such as on-line permits, on-line forms and applications, on-line payments, and a variety of other activities."

In addition, the site will "be used as a public communication tool" for "promoting the city" with interactive e-mail, surveys and access to city calendars.

The firm involved in the redesign may also be hosting the Web site, according to a provision in the RFP. The total project cost is not to exceed $15,000, excluding maintenance and hosting.

Design proposals are due April 21, with the three finalists making presentations the week of May 3. The contract will be awarded on or after May 10, and the anticipated "go live" date is July 1.