Paper may become a thing of the past at Richland City Hall.
The city council last week agreed to let the city manager sign a $69,000 contract with consultants CRE8 Inc. of Seattle to develop an "enterprise wide paperless technology plan" for the city.
According to the company's proposal, the plan would provide a "paperless technology road map" for the city and replace current paperless systems.
The plan is part of a five-year information technology plan developed for the city by eGov Consulting Services LLC in 2009.
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A staff report Assistant City Manager Jon Amundson provided to the council for its meeting last Tuesday noted that the city has made technological strides since the council adopted the IT plan, including construction of an IT data center near the city shops in south Richland to house business and communications systems.
The city also redesigned its main website, as well as those for the Richland Public Library, Parks and Recreation Department and Economic Development Office, and put in place a four-year replacement cycle for computers and servers.
City council members in 2011 started using iPads to conduct city business, send and receive official emails, and download and read council packets.
Amundson's report said a citywide paperless technology plan is the next step in the city's IT strategy.
Money for the contract was included in the 2012 budget.
The consultants are expected to finish their work by the end of 2012, according to the contract provided to the council.