Annapolis City Council Switches to iPads
Monday's meeting brought the dawn of the technology age to the city council in Annapolis as council members worked from their iPads instead of traditional paper packets for the first time.
If it seemed as if Mayor Josh Cohen and the Annapolis aldermen were a little off kilter Monday night—they were.
Cohen apologized for the various delays and disruptions during the meeting, saying it was the first meeting he and the aldermen were using their city-issued iPads.
He said by using the new technology, the city should realize a sizable savings.
“So now, instead of 2-3 inches of paper reports, we can now have everything and more on this,” Cohen said holding up an old paper council packet and then a slim, sleek iPad. “There will be a cost savings and we should be able to save our backs.”
He said there will be a learning curve until everyone is comfortable with the iPads, but that the change will be beneficial in the long run.
In the meantime, Hilary Raftovich, the council assistant, was kept busy seemingly constantly darting around council chambers helping individual aldermen with questions about using the iPads.
That’s not the only technical upgrade headed for City Hall. The city is in the midst of a project that will eventually add flat-screen TVs and computer monitors to council chambers.
I wonder if the aldermen have downloaded the Patch app yet.