KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SD Officials Going Paperless



Bookmark and Share

Going paperless has seemed to be a growing trend for county officials across South Dakota.

 

Some County commissioners have said goodbye to paper and hello to the digital world.

 

According to Mead, Brookings and Minnehaha county officials, they said they swear by the iPad and would never turn back to paper.

 

Now, county workers have used their success and money saver techniques to urge more counties to follow.

 

"This is a typical meeting packet that our board would get," said Ellwein.

 

Stephanie Ellwein, Commission Assistant and Human Resources Director with Brookings County, said the commissioners transitioned to the iPad in January of this year.

 

"They also had to agree that they wouldn't receive anything else from our office by paper, everything had to be paperless," said Ellwein.

 

Since the move, she said she’s seen major improvements in efficiency while saving money.

 

"Each one ranged from 192 to 300-400 pages per document, and they would get these ones every two weeks," said Ellwein.

 

For a typical packet, the cost ranges around $25.00 to print and mail out to the commissioners, times that by the number of commissioners and the number of meetings they have each year and you're looking at a total cost of more than $3,000.00, just to generate commissioners packets.

 

"It's just a time saver and a money saver," said Santema.

 

Deanna Santema, has been a Brookings County Commissioner for 10 years and said she is enjoying and embracing the new technology.

 

"Think of all the trees were killing because of all the paper and its just so much better and it's all right here," said Santema.

 

Now that Minnehaha, Mead and Brookings county commissioners have continued to explore the digital world, now Davison County Commissioners in Mitchell are looking to be a part of the trend.

 

"Connectivity is so vitally important," said Claggett.

 

John Claggett, a commissioner for the past seven years, says the world is on a lightening fast route and he wants to ride along.

 

"The technology is there, kids are doing it all the time, we need to move into that," said Claggett.

 

He said the Davison County Commissioners will be merging with the iPad come January 1st of 20-13.

 

With counties grasping on to the iPad across the state, Ellwein said she hopes more city officials utilize the ever-growing technology.

 

"Were saving paper, were saving energy, and being more efficient and productive from a staff perspective as well," said Ellwein.

 

What Brookings County did to purchase these iPads, is they issued a one-time stipend, which their commissioners are eligible for once every four years.

 

The stipend was $500, which then, each commissioner had to purchase at least a 32 gigabyte iPad or compatible tablet PC.

 

Depending what option they chose, they might have had to shuffle out personal money to pay for the difference, which allows the commissioners to take home their iPads and use them for personal use as well.

 

 

 

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

A Mother's Secret: Opioid Drug Addiction  story with video

She was a mom with a migraine. But her efforts to get rid of the pain ...

Thanksgiving Travelers Prepared For Anything  story with video

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, people across the country are making their way ...

Parent On School Break-In: "What's going to be done?"  story with video

Police are looking for the man who was found sleeping inside a Sioux Falls ...

SF Families Receive Home In Time For Holidays   story with video  Nov. 26

Teen Arrested After Early Morning Crime Spree  Nov. 26

Supreme Court: DNA Evidence Lacks For New Trial  Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Dinner: Eating Safely  story with video  Nov. 26

Hospital, SD Settle Over Improper Medicaid Claims  Nov. 26

Man Found Sleeping In SF School Classroom  Nov. 26

Police: 16 Guns Stolen From Sioux Falls Home  Nov. 26

US Agency Threatens To Act Against Air Bag Maker  Nov. 26

State Supreme Court Rejects Taliaferro Appeal  Nov. 26

Bold Shoplifters Hit Best Buy Store In Rapid City  Nov. 26

Minnesota Tops Turkey Production In US  Nov. 26

8 People Indicted In Sioux City Officer Shooting  Nov. 26

Pierre Chooses Aerodynamics Inc. For Air Service  Nov. 26

4 SD Communities To See Municipal Tax Changes  Nov. 26

Nearly 2 Dozen Alco Stores Closing In The Dakotas  Nov. 26

Deadwood October Gambling Revenue Up Over 2013  Nov. 26

Top 5 Winter Getaways  story with video  Nov. 26

KDLT News Archive
     

Man Found Sleeping In SF School Classroom

Police are investigating a burglary at a Sioux Falls ...

Teen Arrested After Early Morning Crime Spree

A teenager is facing a number of charges after ...

Police: 16 Guns Stolen From Sioux Falls Home

Police are looking for the person responsible for ...

Nearly 2 Dozen Alco Stores Closing In The Dakotas  Nov. 26

Parent On School Break-In: "What's going to be done?"  story with video  Nov. 26

Bold Shoplifters Hit Best Buy Store In Rapid City  Nov. 26

8 People Indicted In Sioux City Officer Shooting  Nov. 26

Hospital, SD Settle Over Improper Medicaid Claims  Nov. 26

KDLT News Archive
     

Stampede win at Fargo

Fargo, ND—A late power play blast from Lucas Buchta proved to be the game ...

Bos leads Coyotes to win at Dome over Wayne State  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. – The South Dakota men's basketball ...

Jansen, Richter lead Vikes to 7th straight win  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – Daniel Jansen scored 26 points ...

Wilber's DWU Tigers unbeaten after 9 games  story with video  Nov. 26

Montana State coach knows Jacks will be tough  story with video  Nov. 26

Eades says speed will be the strength of Herd  story with video  Nov. 26

Scheels Plays of the Week from November 17th-23rd  story with video  Nov. 26

Fuquan likes playing on young Skyforce  story with video  Nov. 25

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top