Board says ‘aye’ to iPadsIt’s official: The Douglas County Board is going paperless with an easy-to-use, high-tech solution.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
It’s official: The Douglas County Board is going paperless with an easy-to-use, high-tech solution.
The measure could save the county about $6,000 annually in the cost of printing and distributing agendas and minutes for the county board. However, with the board’s ability to access any document members may need, the savings to be greater.
Board members will be able to sync necessary county documents with their new iPads as soon as they are available and have a Wi-Fi connection.
Douglas County modeled its program after one developed by Burnett County.
The cost for initiating the program would be $14,256 for the iPads, cases and accessories and software.
The iPads were chosen for the ease of use.
Supervisor Jim Paine commended the panel that came to the conclusion that iPads are a good way to conduct county business, but Supervisor Dave Conley questioned the wisdom of going paperless in a county with such a large forestry industry.
Supervisor Mark Liebaert questioned what would happen if the technology didn’t work the way it should — pointing out feedback ringing through the microphones Thursday night as supervisors discussed the issue.
In the end, the county board voted in favor of the technology, the board chairman, Doug Finn, calling the iPad “the magic box.”
Superior could soon be following in the board’s footsteps. After piloting a similar project, the city’s technology task force on Thursday considers a recommendation about a similar program for the City Council.