City council meetings going paperless before the end of the year

During council’s Oct. 1 meeting, City of Thompson communications officer Kacper Antoszewski announced that the city will no longer be providing paper meeting agendas as of Dec. 1 to cut back on the amount of paper they use.

“So that means that council agendas and committee agendas are only going to able to be found online,” he said. “You can go to the website or, if you recall, when we launched our new website we also have the City of Thompson app that came with it. You can get it on the Apple Store. You can get it on the Google Play store.”

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The City of Thompson unveiled its new website and smartphone app on Dec. 14, 2017, which provides residents with an events calendar, access to electronic meeting minutes and agendas and options to communicate with city staff directly.

Even though this new paperless initiative is designed, in part, to encourage people to use these online services, city council hopeful Les Ellsworth asked what is to be done for people who don’t have a smart phone or access to reliable internet.

Both Antoszewski and Mayor Dennis Fenske assured Ellsworth that anybody who still wants to get their hands on a hard copy of a city council meeting agenda can be accommodated.

In early 2016, each of the city’s eight councillors and the mayor received an Apple iPad to reduce the need for the printing and distribution of paper agendas

The Oct. 15 meeting will be this council’s final meeting as a new mayor and council will be elected Oct. 24, with at least four new councillors.

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