Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Bethlehem Township Considers Going Paperless
Palmer Township does it. Easton has been doing it for two years. And now, Bethlehem Township is considering the use of paperless agendas at its biweekly meetings.
Commissioner Martin Zawarski made the suggestion during the Township's June 18 meeting, referring to an Express Times article on the money and manpower saved in Easton and Palmer. He also called it a "greener way of doing things."
In Bethlehem Township, paper agenda packets are currently prepared by the administration, and then delivered to Commissioners by the police department.
Zawarski's proposal was greeted with approval. "I brought this issue up a few years ago," noted Commissioner Michael Hudak, who pointed out he has boxes of old agendas that would be easier and greener to access on a flash drive.
Commissioner Tom Nolan lent his support as well. Other boards on which he serves, from the library board to the gaming authority, use paperless agendas.
Calling the idea "very interesting," President Paul Weiss asked Township Manager Howard Kutzler for his view.
"We have the technology to email everything," answered Kutzler, noting the only sticking point would be the cost of an iPad or laptop for the Commissioners.