the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly members sat down at their work session last
night, almost all of them, for the first time, had their new H-P Notebook
computers in front of them.
Assemblyman Jerrol Friend says the
notebooks will allow the borough to save money on printing and copying costs,
among other things:
-- (Boro 1 22 sec “We’ve had them for awhile … tying
to do our part.”)
and Assemblywoman Louise Stutes say having packets and minutes on the
computer’s hard drive is more than just convenient:
-- (Boro 2 33 sec “It’s set up so you can … it
mastering me. (laughter)”
Clerk Nova Javier says that to update the assembly’s computers all she has to
do is upload the new information and whenever the computers are connected
online, that information is automatically downloaded onto them. She says
agendas, minutes, and back up information are all available, and soon the
comprehensive plan and even the borough code will be at the assemblymembers’
said another benefit of the notebooks is they will help protect the
assemblymembers’ privacy, while allowing for easier access to borough records:
-- (Boro 3 22 sec “The good thing about this …
notebook computers, slightly smaller than a normal laptop, also feature a
rotating screen, which assemblymembers can write on with a built-in stylus.
That allows them to annotate their paperwork without it actually having to be
on paper. Javier says they cost about 1,800-dollars each, and remain the
property of the borough.
added that next week’s regular meeting of the assembly could be the last where
each of them is given a paper packet.