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.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The agendas are delivered to the commissioners by police officers? That's a waste of a valuable resource right there.

Once the township goes green, perhaps the administration can address the waste of oxygen, a frequent occurrence with Commandant Hudak.

Anonymous said...

what a fucking joke

Anonymous said...

This why small townships need to be disbanded.

Do they also want to go paper-less in the restrooms.

Anonymous said...

Go with the Samsung tablet. It is $100 cheaper then the Apple and no proprietary software issues. Messes well with existing PC applications.

The only way to go. Laptops are an unnecessary expense.

Bernie O'Hare said...

There's the new Microsoft Surface, too.

Anonymous said...

I like paper ; Ilike something in my hands. Paper is not that expensive and can be recycled. What`s the big deal ?

Anonymous said...

Chacing... more toys to play with.

Anonymous said...

7:36 pm
Ahahahahahahahahahaha.

Ryan C said...

@ bernie , i had a chance to play with a surface tablet. Very nice , a bit clunky and a $1000.00 price tag. Im shocked to hear myself say this but i think the Ipad is a better deal

Anonymous said...

Ahhh! I always wondered why the police showed up at my neighbor's house (i live by a commissioner) twice a week to deliver something.... what a WASTE of police time. 30 bucks an hour to be mailmen with guns, geez. No wonder they've had so many burglaries!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Ryan C, At $1,000, the Surface will fail.