Council opts in for iPadsThe Superior City Council is following in the Douglas County Board’s technological footsteps — sort of.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
The Superior City Council is following in the Douglas County Board’s technological footsteps — sort of.
The Council on Tuesday approved acquiring iPads for councilors.
Unlike the county board, the city already had a budget for the estimated $7,800 expense — the budget used to supply councilors with laptop computers to access information for managing city business.
“As one of the early adopters of this, I just want to stress I think it’s the right thing to do,” said Councilor Tom Fennessey. He said there is savings in terms of paper, labor and postage, and it will allow the council to share resources.
“What I really like about this is instant documentation,” Fennessey said. “We’re not waiting for a packet to be mailed to us.”
Councilor Bob Finsland admitted he was the most reluctant of the task force members to give the iPad a try.
“I still don’t love the thing as a I was told I would,” Finsland said. “The romance just isn’t there. But I am finding it useful. And I am going to take it with me (on an upcoming trip) and try to see what other uses I can.”
The iPad will allow him to stay connected with the city on a trip to Washington D.C. this week.
“I think all of us that get one of these things will end up wanting to buy them from the city if we leave the council for any reason,” Finsland said.
Councilors and county board supervisors will go through training together next month to learn how to use the iPad.