West U City Council Members May be Getting Outfitted with New iPads

February 21, 2012

All five West U City Council members may be getting outfitted with new iPads as part of an electronic agenda pilot program.

City Manager Michael Ross announced at last Monday’s council meeting that some of the council members would be doing a test run in March of using electronic agendas on iPads.

The city is looking at eliminating paper agenda packets for city council and supplying them electronically through drop box, a free service that saves files and allows them to be accessed from any computer, phone or iPad.

The agenda packets would also be available to the public through the city’s website, Ross said.

Ross told InstantNewsWestU that he is going to recommend that the city provide new iPads to all five council members, which they will be able to keep once their term on council expires.

Ross said he is comfortable allowing the council members to keep a $500 device once their term is up and they would be issued every election cycle.

Ross said the iPads would be paid for with existing funds but it will not be city owned because they will not dictate what the council members use it for.

“It allows me to stay in touch with city council,” he said. “It’s a communication tool.”

Ross said other cities use electronic agendas and provide their council’s with iPads.

“It’s the 21st century,” he said. “It’s here.”

Council is expected to consider the proposal in April.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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