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City of Toledo searching for artists to feature on new website

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The city of Toledo's website has been down since last week, when the company that serves as its web host experienced a major crash in the system.

The website went down on Sept. 10, when Tech Orange experienced a "catastrophic" failure.

Since many people rely on the city website for job postings, bid information for city contracts and to download tax forms, city officials say they are feverishly working to get the site back up and running.

"We have been working since the outage in discussion with Buckeye, so Buckeye will now be our host. They will have a total of three redundant servers, one of which will be in Sandusky, and a fourth server will be here in this building," said Deputy Mayor Steve Herwat.

Mayor Mike Bell's administration went to City Council Tuesday night, asking for emergency funding to get the site fixed as soon as possible. Council approved up to $30,000 to make the necessary upgrades.

"You can report a street light out. You can find out agendas. You can find out what's going on within the city," explained City Councilman Tom Waniewski. "So it becomes a real good transparency tool, and I think it's important that the public knows we're trying our darndest to get it back up in the proper order."

It could take up to two weeks to get the website back to where it was, along with adding new features. People can still access the site, but access is limited.

In the meantime, the city of Toledo is seeking submissions of digital works of art from local artists, photographers and graphic designers to be used as a digital installation on the new website's homepage. Each piece selected will highlight the artist and be displayed on a separate page of the city's website, in addition to being featured as the homepage background for a designated period of time. They also will be displayed in a gallery showcasing all entries used from now until the end of 2014. Submissions must be entered by Oct. 1.

Learn more about the call for art submissions.

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