Akron City Council is thinking about going paperless when it comes to conducting business during their Monday meetings by initiating a technology committee.
City Council President Garry Moneypenny says by designating some tech-savvy council people to serve on this committee, Akron's lawmaking body will run more efficiently.
"I assigned five of our councilmen to serve on this committee, Russ Neal, Jeff Fusco, Mike Freeman, Donnie Kammer, and Ken Jones," Moneypenny said.
The newly appointed Council President was thinking by upgrading to iPads to read in pieces of legislation instead of sifting through piles of paper.
Neal says he's looking forward to his new challenge as the chairman of the committee.
"I'm very appreciative, I have been one of the members of council along with a few others who have been asking for ways to improve the way we do business at Council," Neal said.
"I think it will save the city money and make us more efficient if we go paperless."
Moneypenny along with Councilman Neal were brainstorming to make some technological advancements to Council Chambers, discussing the installment of TV monitors in the room.
"Sometimes when developers come in here and they have a large presentation, they have to use the tripod in the front of the room and some of those on Council who sit in the back and the public who sit in the back have trouble seeing clearly," Moneypenny explained.
"I think installing the screens in the room will be beneficial to our council and those who attend the meeting."
Neal says he has some new ideas on the horizon to make Council more effective going forward.
"Everything from using social media to using software programs that are developed just for government are some ideas to start with."
Also, Councilman Neal discussed possibly a city government app Akron residents can use on their smart phones .
He says by educating not only those on Council, but the citizens of Akron on how technology can inform and engage is a priority.
"Technology is nothing to be afraid of, it's something we need to embrace," he said.
"By having classes, not just for those of us on council, but all of the citizens of Akron will benefit the city tremendously."
In other business, Council passed leigslation increasing the campaign contribution for ward candidates from $200 to $400 and for city wide candidates from $450 to $650. In additon, Council passed legislation urging state and federal representatives to defend the democratic process from corporate power seen in elections. Also passed was an ordinance congratulating Dave Lieberth on his many years of service to the city and wishing him well in his retirement.