The Lebanon City Council received the iPads they voted to purchase last Wednesday night at a special called meeting.
Commissioner of Finance Russell Lee said that 21 initial iPads were purchased for council members, department heads and in some cases, assistants, for $595 each.
Council members will use the devices as a means of communication between each other and the constituents they represent.
"The council can now have a City of Lebanon email address. We will get their addresses on the website where you can get to them quicker," Lee explained.
It will also shorten the time and labor involved to get agendas to council members every two weeks.
"We have to make copies, get them sorted, get the police to deliver them," Lee said. "The cost is more the staff time in making copies and getting it ready in a timely manner. Sometimes [council members receive agenda packets] on Sunday when we are putting it out on Thursday."
Lee said the new method will be quicker, more efficient and ego-friendly.
"The idea is to go as paperless as we can," he said.
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