Richmond City Document Website

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Background[edit]

Councilman Parker C. Agelasto sponsored a measure that would require Richmond City officials to post documents and contracts related to city projects on a centralized, public website. The measure was initially continued amidst concerns over the cost and effort required to create and maintain such a site. Richmond City Council delays action on document-posting measure (Richmond Times Dispatch).

After amendment, the initiative was accepted and will go into effect Oct. 1. City administrators will need to manually update a website titled "development and capital improvement projects" with a description of the project, the budget, associated documents, etc. The amendment specifies that residents will not post comments online, though they will be able to submit feedback. Richmond council approves transparency measure for major projects after compromise (Richmond Times Dispatch).

Problem[edit]

Documentation of city projects is difficult to find, and transparency would be valuable to Richmond residents. Officials have determined that the cost of a website is prohibitive.

Solution[edit]

Utilize one of many off the shelf solutions with low cost and outsourced upkeep.

Some examples

Applicable Ordinances[edit]