The board was created after the city purchased the property to develop a 216-acre site into an industrial park.
The board members unanimously approved requesting Dwayne Adams Graphics, a Heflin-based company, to design a logo for the Industrial Board.
“We ought to stick with something close to the city’s logo,” said board member Jerry Cash. “I mean, we are a city board.”
The logo is one piece the board hopes to include on a new website. Board member Tanya Maloney, who couldn’t attend the meeting, had collected quotes from two companies on updating the board’s current website.
Steven Lines, another board member, presented the quotes. Red Sage Communications, Inc. proposed $4,150 for a 15-page site and $5,250 for a 25-page site. It would host the site and allow the board to maintain it for $600 a year. WideNet Consulting, an Anniston-based company, proposed $2,049 for a 15-page site.
WideNet’s proposal didn’t include all the extra services for maintaining the site, Lines said.
Although Red Sage was higher, Lines suggested the board go with the Decatur-based company because of the work it presented including several other websites for industrial development associa-tions.
“There was a significant price difference between Red Sage and WideNet,” Lines said. “But to me if you look at their work, there’s a significant difference.”
Cash agreed. He’d worked with WideNet before and found the company to be inflexible in making changes, he said.
The board members had some questions about Red Sage’s proposal, though. Lines suggested the board ask a representative from the company to come to a meeting to talk directly to the members. The next meeting is scheduled for July 2, but there may be a number of members who can’t make it, said Wendell Wood, the chairman of the board.
Lines suggested the board change the meeting and invite the company to attend so that the members could make a decision at their August meeting.
In other business the board:
-Heard that a roadway has been cleared at the site. It is not paved and doesn’t have gravel on it but it is much easier to get around the site, Wood said.
-Heard that the County Commission and the Heflin City Council had both passed resolutions expressing support for the board. Wood said he will be speaking to administrators in Fruithurst, Ranburne and Edwardsville to request support from them.
-Heard that the commission had in addition voted to allocate $25,000 to the board for development on the site.
Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.