NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa League of Cities recognized the city of North Liberty as a 2012 All-Star Community at its annual conference and exhibit, which was held in Sioux City from Sept. 26 through 28.
The All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious honor given by the league to cities. Entries are judged by a panel of former city officials and others familiar with municipal government. Judges determine winners based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, service sharing or quality of life improvements. This year, North Liberty was one of five of Iowa’s 947 cities to garner such recognition for their “Paperless Future through iPads” initiative. Their project was recognized specifically for sustainability.
The city’s first paperless council meeting took place in the summer of 2011 when North Liberty discontinued printed agenda packets for council members in favor of cost-saving technology. Gone are the days of standing at the copier, assembling 150-page packets, driving to councilor homes to deliver packets and lugging the packets to each of the twice-monthly council meetings.
After one year of use, the iPads have paid for themselves, making this a wise financial investment.
Not only is North Liberty the first in Iowa to go paperless