November 16, 2012

Local council could see iPad use in future

James Bright
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — As is the case in almost every facet of life technological advance is making leaps and bounds in government.

Recently, the Duncan City Council approved the usage of iPads in their meetings. It cuts down on paper and increases the overall simplicity of dealing with the day-to-day bureaucracy of running a city.

Even Chicksha may be heading in this direction.

"We've talked about going electronic with the agenda," Mayor Hank Ross said.

In other organized bodies Ross has worked he said it is common place to see a push toward the digital in order to expedite a council meeting.

"When I was on the state medical board everything was done electronically," he said.

Although City Manager Stewart Fairburn said he sees the possible improvement to the governing process by implementing the use of such technology there are no immediate plans for a switch.

"It's one of the things we've talking about doing," he said. "Instead of printing out an agenda packet that is three inches thick we would get it electronically."

At the moment council members haver access to their personal computers from council chambers according to Fairburn. The city has yet to look at feasibility numbers when it comes to technological implementation according to Fairburn.

"We just haven't crunched the numbers yet," he said.

Ross said it's inevitable though.

"We haven't done it yet, but it's on our list," he said.