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Fremont Council Meetings Go Paperless

September 19, 2011
Original Publication : September 15, 2011 by David Goll
Silicon Valley Biz Blog

Fremont city officials may save more than a few trees by shifting their City Council agendas to an online format, saving more than 175,000 pieces of paper annually.

The city has purchased computer tablets to be used at City Council meeting at a cost of more than $4,500, where the agendas will be on view. They spent another $16,000 to implement an automated agenda system, and there will be annual ongoing costs of about $18,000. The city has been spending about $59,000 a year to print 100 copies of City Council agendas, which averaged about 45 pages each. They purchased IQM2 Software Suite, a meeting agenda software package made by IQM2 Inc. of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

The high-tech agenda goes into effect on Oct. 4. City Council agendas, minutes and webcasts will be available.

“We are continually looking at ways to more effectively reconnect with our citizens while using technology to drive efficiency,” said Mark Danaj, assistant city manager, in a statement. “We are excited because we are accomplishing both of these objectives with the software.”

Nadine Nader, assistant to the city manager and city clerk, urged residents and businesses to visit the city’s website, “where they will be able to access city news and activities, as well as stay connected to the issues that are scheduled for (City Council) consideration.”

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