Task force becomes test subject for high-tech solutionDouglas County supervisors exploring a high-tech solution to the cost of printing background information and agendas for meetings are about to become their own guinea pigs.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Douglas County supervisors exploring a high-tech solution to the cost of printing background information and agendas for meetings are about to become their own guinea pigs.
After a recent meeting of the task force exploring iPads as a means of disseminating information to the board, Douglas County Clerk Sue Sandvick said the committee has agreed to become the test subject to determine if the ease of use can be a substitute for paper documents.
“Members on this committee are going to start piloting the project,” Sandvick said.
The Douglas County task force is following in the footstep of Burnett County, which researched the devices and applications to devise a policy there.
Supervisor Nick Baker, a member of the task force, said during discussion of the project, the panel talked about the iPads being county owned and used for county business.
They wouldn’t be large enough to allow the accumulation of books or movies or the like, and those kinds of uses should only occur on personal devices, he said.
Members of the task force have a broad range of experience with technology from those with a good deal of expertise to those with none at all, said Supervisor Dan Corbin.
There will be software to buy for the pilot project, and supervisors will be trained to use them.
While there are still a number of issues to work out, Corbin said the goal of piloting the project is to make sure the technology works for everyone before moving ahead with buying the devices for all 21-members of the board.