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Saratoga Springs ditches the paper

The council and three boards went through about 475 cubic feet of paper in the agenda process last year. The new NovusAGENDA system will allow meeting minutes to be posted online earlier, in draft form and then finalized. The paperless agenda system will be integrated into the city's Web site.

The grant includes funds to provide the city with a server to run the system.

Training is also included as part of the grant, and Franck said he is looking into buying seven laptop computers that would be dedicated to the agenda and meeting system.

The city has a year to fully implement the program, and Franck is prepared for the possibility that some residents may be hesitant to try the new, paperless process.

"If you're not comfortable with the new system, you can still deal with hard-copy," he said.

Franck also announced that the city has received a $5,000 grant for a preservation survey of maps and other historic items in the city archives.

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