BELGRADE — Time to hit the refresh button on the town’s website.

Select board members have postponed action on a proposal to hire Eric Lammers of Krack Media LLC to redesign the site until they can figure out how to pay him.

“Right now, we have no idea where the money is coming from,” Bruce Plourd, chairman of the board, said at Tuesday’s meeting.

The select board expects to find out what accounts can be tapped to pay for Lammers’ requested $2,500 fee at its next meeting, in June.

The board on Tuesday also delayed making a decision about a town Facebook page until a new website is operational.

Josh Zukerman, an information technology consultant from Snow Pond Technical Group, which hosts the town’s site, was asked by town officials to recommend a website designer. Zukerman told the board Tuesday that Lammers, who asked for $2,500 to design the site and train department heads, had been in the business 15 years and had an extensive portfolio.

“He would do the design work for the website and I’ll continue to host it,” Zukerman said.

Town officials have incentive to get the website redesign done: people complain about site glitches and it’s inaccessible at times.

“It’s given us a bad name,” said Town Manager Gregory Gill. “It really has.”

In January, the board agreed to pay $3,500 to a computing services company in Oakland to buy the domain name www.belgrademaine.com. The owner of the company set up the website 12 years ago, but it was unclear who owned the domain name.

Gill said the select board wanted the town to own the domain name so staff and department heads could put information on the site without having to go through the company. He said select board members also wanted to rid the site of advertising.

The town has a new website, www.townofbelgrade.com, that has been up and running for months.

But Gill concedes it still needs improvement.

The town’s executive secretary, Mary Vogel, said there are times she is unable to log onto the site and postings have disappeared days later.

Vogel also said the current site is also too difficult for people to find. A Google search for the town’s website does not yield any links to the site.

“We should all be able to get to it without difficulty,” Vogel said at the meeting.

Select board member Penny Morrell wanted the board to put the job out to bid, because she knew of some people interested.

On Tuesday, Zukerman assured the board that Krack Media was not a “fly-by-the-night company” and he stood by his recommendation.

Plourd and board member Melanie Jewell said they did not want to select a young recent college graduate who’s looking to start up a business, but rather someone with experience and a track record. Choosing someone with a good-sized portfolio is all the more important because the town has already spent several thousand dollars on its Web presence in recent months.

Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

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