iPad'ing the way to the future; Council to utilize new technology
Ferris – City council navigated their way through the council agendas- with a lot less wafting through papers -one swipe of a finger at a time during the Monday, June 20 council meeting.
For the second meeting with their new iPad 2’s, the council were trained on how to navigate and find information from City Manager Eric Strong on the pads.
“We are still getting out agendas right now but, while we are not there yet, ultimately I would like to see this [going all digital] happen,” said Strong.
Strong told council if anyone of them have any trouble figuring out something during a meeting or just during the week, him and Doug Childers would be more than happy to set down with them for an hour and work them through the learning curve process.
“If you prefer, we will find a way to get copies of everything to you but, from now on, it will be in the drop box for your convenience through the iPad,” said Strong.
The city spent $3,300 on the 16 GB iPad 2’s, one for each council member and one for the city manager.
The council can take them home if they wish but, the iPad is for the council persons position, not the person so if they are to ever leave the council for any reason they don’t get to keep the iPad.
The city is not responsible for any charges the council might incur obtaining apps.
“We are saving money on printing, but more importantly, we are saving time,” stated Strong in an email inquiring about the move.
“It would take anywhere from 4-6 hours to put together the bound books and deliver them every week. Now it takes about 30 minutes to put the agenda together and distribute it.”
The iPads are just another key part of the city plan going paperless. “Our court is now largely paperless and there are many things we are doing in our finance, police, and admin that are moving towards paperless as well,” stated Strong.