The Crossville City Council is ready to debut its new electronic agenda system with the June meeting. Today, Friday, a link will be available to the public on the city's website, www.crossvilletn.gov.
In addition to having public access to the agenda information, including attachments and department recommendations, the website will also stream live audio of council meetings over the Internet, allowing the public to listen to discussions and deliberations. The website will archive the agenda packets for each meeting and will also include action taken on each agenda item and time-stamped audio to allow the public to listen to the audio corresponding to each agenda item.
During its work session Tuesday, council members were introduced to the public system and the iLegislate software they will use on Apple iPad tablets. In addition to the agenda information, council members will also be able to make notes on particular items. They will use the iPads, provided by the city to the council members, during meetings.
Council members will have use of the iPads while they are on the council.
Sally Oglesby, city clerk, said the start-up for the electronic agendas was budgeted at $35,000, including software and purchase of iPads. The company, Granicus, will host the agenda website and audio streaming.
Oglesby said the move would provide greater transparency for city government as well as provide cost and time savings for the city, eliminating the need to make numerous copies of agenda packets.
Oglesby expected the first agenda packet to be available through the city's website sometime today, though she was not certain what time as staff are still learning to use the program.