SHERMAN, Tex. -- Grayson County commissioners are moving up in the technological world. New improvements will not only help them stay organized but help get the community involved in the decision-making process.
Starting on Monday, officials will use computers during public meetings which will not only alleviate the headaches from mountains of paperwork but streamline how their decisions get out to the public.
Grayson county Precinct 1 Commissioner Johnny Waldrip says the piles and piles of paper were starting to get on his nerves.
"You get into a lot of paper, a lot of man hours, and a lot of expenses," Waldrip says.
Several months ago, he brought up the idea of digitizing all the papers he used to bring into commissioner court and putting them all online.
"Trying to cut down on the amount of paper and the amount of stuff that’s wasted and you can just see how much paper we are going to save just in two weeks."
Starting Monday, January 21, commissioners’ court agendas will be put online with an added twist. The public will not only see what county leaders will be discussing, but they will also be allowed to look at documents and attachments to the various topics on the docket.
It is a tool which Waldrip says will allow the public to play a bigger role in the issues that affect the county.
"We look at it, the public can go online to the Grayson County website, go under the commissioners’ court agenda, and they can see the same things we see during the commissioners’ court."
In addition to the new interactive agenda, those who attend court will be able to see the documents on a screen inside the court chambers. The new expanded agendas can be now found on the Grayson County website, and anything decided in the meeting will be updated shortly after the meeting has come to an end.
Officials say all of this technology will help cut down thousands of dollars spent each year dealing with paperwork and let county residents know exactly what their elected officials are discussing.
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