GENESEO – The Town of Geneseo is weighing the potential benefits of purchasing and using tablets instead of binders of paper for handling documents related to their work within the Town building.
At Thursday’s Town Board Meeting, Town Supervisor William Wadsworth said that the towns of Henrietta and York already use tablets for government work.
“I think it’s wise in this day and age to be updated technology-wise,” said Deputy Supervisor Roberta Irwin. “It saves on printing and it’s better than hauling these [binders] around.”
Wadsworth said that the Town of Henrietta bought iPad minis and the Town of York bought iPads, incorporating them into their existing internet and technology policies.
Henrietta and York reported to the Association of Towns that the only concerns stemming from the use of tablets were ‘non-work use’ and ‘technology concerns.’
“They would not be available for anyone’s personal use,” said Wadsworth. “It’s like a town truck, you don’t want to misuse it.”
Wadsworth added that any contents of the tablets would be available for public review via FOIL requests.
The Board is reviewing several models of tablets. Wadsworth said that the Town has funds on reserve for the purchase of new equipment, and that the cost of the tablets would come out of this reserve.
No formal decision was made on the purchase of new tablets, but Wadsworth said that board members should continue to familiarize themselves with how tablets work.
“If you have friends with these devices, play around with them,” said Wadsworth.