Berwick town council is going paperless in the New Year.
On Dec. 11, council voted to purchase up to 15 Apple tablets in order to facilitate a paperless council initiative. Under the new system, the mayor, councillors and senior staff will communicate and send and receive information, such as agendas, minutes and reports, through the new operating system.
The per unit price is anticipated to be in the $570 range and tablets will be assigned to council members for the duration of their four-year term. The initiative will support Berwick’s greenhouse gas reduction objectives, as set out in its federally-mandated integrated community sustainability plan, by reducing paper and associated energy costs of producing paper agendas.
Creation of an eAgenda system will also allow staff to distribute administrative materials to the town website and the public more efficiently.
While the project was not included in the 2013 budget, going ahead with it is possible due to the town’s current surplus budget position.