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Bye Bye Agenda: City Council to go Paperless, Wireless

The City Council will be equipped with laptops or tablets and the mountains of paper they get every month will be eliminated.

In a move that is supposed to save money, paper and bring the City Council into modern times, the council on Monday voted to approve a measure to equip members with laptops or tablets and stop getting paper agendas.

The paper agendas, printed by the City Clerk, can be hundreds of pages. Council President John E. Lanni Jr. said he's "filled up a room with the amount of paper" he's received over the years and the computers will save money in the long run.

The cost of the equipment could range from about $3,000 to $4,000 depending on how many council members opt for the city to buy one — several members said they already had a laptop or tablet and would use their own.

In addition, the city will set up a new Internet connection in council chambers with WiFi. Each council member will get the WiFi password. The network will not be connected to the city's existing Internet connection for safety and security reasons.

City Council Lawyer Patrick Quinlan said he would look into issues surrounding council member usage of the Internet during meetings. There is a concern that if members exchange messages during meetings, those communications would be subject to open meetings laws.

Mike Farina March 01, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The council will save approximately $12K-$15K of taxpayer money over the next two years by moving to the paperless format. Currently the city print, staples, clips and collates thousands of pages and pieces of paper for the council. This is a prudent and logical expense.
Tom at Oak Lawn March 01, 2013 at 09:49 PM
yes if the savings are realized, then it's a smart move. I am a little concerned about council members exchanging "secret" messages during meetings, which could have negative consequences. But let's see it play out. Excellent idea!
Bustthetrolls March 02, 2013 at 01:36 AM
You need to save more money than that.

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