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Florissant City Council Approves iPads for Public Works

Public Works employees will have new equipment, but the department might have to wait to hire new people.

Monday, approved the funding for the public works department to purchase iPads and data plans for workers but postponed a bill to hire two additional employees for the department.

The new iPads would help make employees in the field much more efficient, and the council will continue to weigh the need for the addition of two full-time workers.

He explained that the software equipped on the iPads and their access to 3G Internet will allow forms used by inspectors to be instantly filled out, uploaded and stored.

It also holds advantages when the city issues tickets. Photos of violations can be taken and brought before a judge on the same day, Jearls said.

However, even with the high tech helping with the heavy lifting, Jearls said more employees will be needed.

Councilors said they would like to further discuss the need of two full-time employees in the department and possibly even consider just the single addition of a part-time position for the department during its next work session. 

Bill Johnson July 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM
This is such an absolute waste of money. Apple products are extremely over priced and there are products that are equally as good or better for about half the price. Many government agencies are not approving any new Apple products because they have recently pulled all Apple products from the environmental program EPEAT.
Aja J. Junior July 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Thanks for the thought Bill.
Rob McLean July 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Great article! Did they consider any other types of tablets? Or was the iPad the way to go?
Aja J. Junior July 11, 2012 at 04:38 PM
As far as I know, iPads were the only ones considered.
normalicy July 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I have to agree, there are tablets that are 1/3 the price that could do the same thing. However, I can understand wanting to purchase the Apple products since the support is known & reliable.

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