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 >
     

Corn Maze Offers Families Weekend Fun This Fall  story with video

If you are looking for something fun to do this fall, how about ...

Man Uninjured In Iowa Plane Crash

Iowa authorities say a pilot is uninjured after his plane flipped over ...

Augie Works To Be A Good Neighbor   story with video

Labor Day marks the end of summer for college students in the Sioux Empire. It also ...

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video  Sep. 1

Olive Garden Takes Restaurant To Police Station For Labor Day  Sep. 1

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video  Sep. 1

Proposed Wind Farm Nears First Goal  Sep. 1

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search  Sep. 1

Pierre Planning For SD Gov's Inauguration  Sep. 1

Workers Spraying Missouri River Sandbars   Sep. 1

Move-In Day At The University Of Sioux Falls  Sep. 1

School Of Mines Helps Native American Artists  Sep. 1

Police Searching For Motel Shooting Suspect  Sep. 1

SECT Brings 'Little Shop of Horrors' To Life  story with video  Sep. 1

Rockin' The Pantry Kicks Off  Aug. 31

Foods To Eat To Survive In The Great Outdoors  Aug. 31

Final Splash In Sioux Falls Public Pools  Aug. 31

State Fair Hopes To Raise Money For 4-H Hall  story with video  Aug. 31

SD Man Sentenced In Beating Case  Aug. 31

KDLT News Archive
     

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video

Hundreds of people set up camp Monday morning on the streets ...

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search

Authorities say a report of an object that fell from the sky ...

Police Searching For Motel Shooting Suspect

Police in Rapid City say they are still searching for ...

Move-In Day At The University Of Sioux Falls  Sep. 1

Workers Spraying Missouri River Sandbars   Sep. 1

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video  Sep. 1

School Of Mines Helps Native American Artists  Sep. 1

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

KDLT News Archive
     

Quarterback Conundrum At SDSU, USD  story with video

Quarterback is the most important position on the football ...

Valencia Sparked Canaries In 2014  story with video

Off the field, Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Chris Valencia works as an ...

Canaries Shutout To End Dismal Season  story with video

FARGO, ND - Unable to figure out Jake Laber of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (43-56), the ...

Ruwe Ruins RedHawks  story with video  Aug. 31

Oregon Coach Praises USD & Hurt Quarterback  story with video  Aug. 31

Gridiron Greatness: August 31st, 2014  story with video  Aug. 31

Lujan Takes Jacks Reigns After Sumner Injury  story with video  Aug. 31

Kevin Earl Hurt In Coyotes Loss At Oregon  story with video  Aug. 31

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top