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Queensbury Town Board may add laptop computers to reduce paper

2013-02-05T12:10:00Z Queensbury Town Board may add laptop computers to reduce paperMAURY THOMPSON -- thompson@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
February 05, 2013 12:10 pm  • 

Queensbury Town Board

Meeting

* Queensbury Town Board workshop, Monday evening

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* Supervisor Ron Montesi is exploring the potential of the town buying laptop computers for Town Board members to reduce the use of paper at meetings. Agendas, resolutions and supporting documents would be downloaded into the computers instead of distributing paper copies. Resolutions sometimes are revised as many as three times, with multiple copies of each revision printed each time, he said. The Saratoga Springs City Council uses laptop computers instead of paper copies, he said. Town Board members would be permitted to take the computers home, but use would be restricted to town business, he said.

Other news

* The board discussed renewal of its engineering consulting contract with Vision Engineering. “I know there has been some concern about time frames, but we are small. ... I will be the first to admit that we can’t compete with a 100-person firm,” said Dan Ryan, a principal in the three-person firm. Ryan said that because his firm is thorough, change orders have been limited to just $100,000 on $2.5 million of contracts managed for the town. “I do appreciate the continued loyalty in using us, because I feel it’s important to use local people,” he said.

* The board was scheduled to interview Steve Cardona, John Henkel, Kyle Noonan and Harrison Freer, who are candidates for appointment to the town Zoning Board of Appeals. There are vacancies for one board seat and two alternates.

* The board was scheduled to interview Brian Clements and Brian Dreitlein, candidates for the 2nd Ward Town Board seat appointment. The board expects to conduct additional interviews once other political parties recommend candidates, Montesi said. A time frame for making the appointment has not been determined, he said. The board may decide not to fill the vacancy, said 3rd Ward Councilman John Strough.

Next meeting

* 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Queensbury Center

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(2) Comments

  1. delivron
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    delivron - February 05, 2013 1:24 pm
    So this is going to save the town of Queensbury money? A case of paper is a whole lot less expensive then a bunch of laptop computers. Please don't tell me this is more green then using paper. This really sounds like a nice perk to me.
    Oh by the way paper the major industry in the Adirondacks. So the town telling me that being green is more important the local jobs in the paper industry.

  2. RG
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    RG - February 05, 2013 1:16 pm
    iPads would make more sense, in my opinion. No need for anti-virus software; more versatile; more practical; the overall cost would be far less. You could get the wifi versions, so no internet plan would be necessary for them. Hopefully someone will look into this and save the taxpayers a little coin.

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