At the council workshop, Gulfport library administrator and [apparent interim] IT director David Mather demonstrated a tablet- and smartphone-friendly way for council to receive agendas. The city may also adopt new technology used to view meetings online (live streaming and on-demand viewing), index meetings by agenda item, and satisfy public records requirements for meetings and minutes. The technology, Granicus, allows viewers to search agendas to find certain portions of meetings and jump to that point of the meeting. Several other cities, including St. Pete Beach, use this technology.
City council may also get iPads. This would eliminate the need for any councilmember to use his or her own computer for city business and allow for the city to stop printing multiple agenda packets
Mayor Sam Henderson asked if the package from Verizon, which allowed unlimited Internet access, was a good deal and Mr. Mather said yes.
The city will buy ten iPads, five of which will go to council. Three will go to city attorney’s office, the city manager’s office, the city clerk’s office; one will go to Mr. Mather’s office. The city will have one extra iPad.
For the iPads, Gulfport will pay a one-time $8300 cost plus a monthly usage fee of $400. Web improvements will cost $4600 with a monthly fee of $600.