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Snowmass council goes paperless

Christine Casillas
Snowmass Village Sun
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Technology has won again, this time with the Snowmass Village Town Council voting Monday to go paperless for its biweekly packets.

So it’s goodbye reams of paper and large binders, and hello iPad2s.

The Town Council believes the decision will help cut down on expenses and benefit the environment as well.

The yearly cost for Town Council meeting packets hovers close to $11,000; that figure includes paper, ink and toner cartridges, and the labor associated with assembling and producing the packets, which often have hundreds of pages.

Eight iPad2s – for five council members, town manager, clerk and attorney – will cost the town a one-time fee of $5,090 and will pay for themselves in six months.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon, who led the charge on this initiative.

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“I’m proud of our council for embracing this technology and recognizing not only the impact this can have on the environment, but also the cost savings to our taxpayers,” she said.

The town’s Environmental Sustainability Plan, which it adopted in 2009, shows a high-level goal for the organization to “reduce office paper consumption by 20 percent.”

Council member Jason Haber made a personal commitment to go paperless when he was elected last year.

“I want to recognize and thank staff for their research and time spent on this issue, and I’m encouraged that my fellow council members were willing to step up and make a positive change,” Haber said.

iPad2s are built and designed to serve as a mobile office. Their technology will allow council members to access their packets online, make notes, use voice command, record and save thoughts and ideas, and access email and the Internet.

Coxon hopes to have the new iPad2s by the next council meeting on Oct. 17.

“We will provide some type of official training for them so they can learn how to play with their new iPads,” she said.