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SSJID may switch to paperless agendas

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POSTED August 13, 2013 12:56 a.m.

Going paperless for South San Joaquin Irrigation District board meetings could save $1,800 a year.

The board is exploring the possibility of replacing the copier machine and reams of paper with iPads for regular meeting agenda packets when they meet today at 9 a.m. at the district office, 11011 East Highway 120.

District staff has indicated the cost of equipping the five board members and four management positions that do not currently have them would be recovered within 18 months. Staff also believes the iPad should be optional for board members allowing those that prefer to still use paper agendas.

The SSJID is looking at iPad programs, though, that allow notes to be written directly on PDF documents uploaded on the iPad.

District research notes more than 50 cities in California have already switched to a paperless solution for agendas and communication purposes. They also noted at least that many cities, including Manteca, are exploring the possible use of iPad.

Should the district opt to go forward, iPad use could go into effect as early of October.

Staff will also introduce the new SSJID website to board members. The site is now live at www.ssjid.com

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