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Columbus commissioners consider iPads to save time and money

Columbus County Commissioners are considering buying iPads to replace the bound paper packets sheriff's deputies currently deliver to them before each meeting. Columbus County Commissioners are considering buying iPads to replace the bound paper packets sheriff's deputies currently deliver to them before each meeting.

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – Twice a month, the clerk to the Columbus County Commissioners prints and binds thick packets of information pertaining to the upcoming board meeting. Then she hands the documents over to a sheriff's deputy who delivers them to the seven commissioners located throughout the county.

Board Chair Edwin Russ thinks there's a better way to distribute the information, and he believes his fellow commissioners agree.

"Time is money," Russ said. "The clerk could be doing other things. I don't know how long it takes her to fix these packets, but I know it's very time consuming."

Monday night the board will consider buying iPads to replace the bound paper packets.

"Everybody tells us we're six, eight years behind everybody else," Russ said. "We're trying to move forward and get back in the times, the times of the day."

But Columbus County may not be as far behind as Russ believes. Only two counties in southeastern North Carolina, Brunswick and Bladen, have switched from paper board packets to electronic tablets.

Pender County still prints hard copies and even delivers them to a few board members.

New Hanover County uses paper packets, but commissioners generally pick up the meeting materials at the government complex, said Clerk to the Board Sheila Schult.

Russ said he doesn't know how much the iPads would cost. If approved, money for the tablets will be included in the county's next budget, which starts in July.

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