City Council Members Using Tablets Purchased With Grant

Wheeling City Council chambers keeps getting greener.

During Tuesday’s regular noon meeting, council members were utilizing their new electronic tablet devices made possible by a grant from Verizon Wireless.

The tablets now contain the council packets that previously required dozens of paper materials, said Allison Skibo, marketing and community relations specialist for the city.

The tablets are part of the Verizon electronic upgrades made to the newer council chambers on the first floor of the City-County Building on Chapline Street.

“Basically organizations and councils are moving toward greener and environmentally friendly operations.

Previously every other week, City Clerk Janice Jones would prepare council meeting packets for all the council members plus department heads and the media. This will save tons of paper, ink and printing,” Skibo said.

Another plus is that the council packets can now be sent electronically to the council members and department heads.

Skibo said it will save council members from having to make the trip into the City-County Building to collect the council agendas and packets.

“Janice now just runs a copy via the scanner and it saves all around,” Skibo added.

Also Tuesday, City Manager Robert Herron said he favors the landfill measure that will go before voters May 13 in Ohio County.

The measure would allow the landfill in Short Creek to extend the amount of its monthly trash intake from 30,000 tons to 50,000 tons.

He said the city utilizes the landfill and noted that on several occasions, city packer trucks filled with trash had to remain parked because the landfill could not accept any additional trash due to the limitations in place.

Officials from Republic Services, which operates the landfill, asked for council’s support.