Website administrator willing to turn Elections page back on - for a check
Published: August 31, 2012
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ST. CROIX - The former website administrator for the V.I. Election System said Thursday that Elections owes him $1,200 - but he hopes to work things out with a short-term agreement so that he can reactivate Elections' disabled website.
"There's no bad blood," said Trevor Clendinen, who said his contract to administer the www.vivote.gov website expired a month ago. There is an outstanding balance owed on services rendered, Clendinen said.
When it is functional, the Election System's website offers information for voters and also provides a way to monitor results on election night as the votes are counted and the website is updated with those results in real time.
However, the website currently states: "Site off-line. Delinquent account. Please contact webmaster to pay overdue invoices."
Elections officials on Wednesday indicated that two issues exist with the website: some past-due money that Elections owes Clendinen on the old contract and no one is under contract to administer the website because of a slow contracting process with a new vendor.
Clendinen on Thursday initially contended Elections owes him $1,600 for four months of service, and then called back to clarify, saying the unpaid balance actually is only $1,200 for three months - May, June and July. He said that he and Elections officials are now "on the same page."
Deputy Supervisor of Elections James Weber III said on Wednesday that he had not received the May and June invoices for the website administration services until after the contract expired and that the V.I. Department of Property and Procurement had refused to pay because the contract is finished. Weber said he is hoping to work the matter out.
Clendinen said on Thursday that he is hoping that he and Elections can reach a memorandum of understanding so that he can reactivate the website on a pro-rated basis until the new website administrator is ready to go.
"I just want to be paid," he said.
Elections Supervisor John Abramson Jr. said Wednesday that some additional documentation was needed before the contracting process could move forward with the new vendor.