In a significant first step toward reaching Fair Lawn's stated goal of holding paperless council meetings, portions of the municipal building are expected to become Wi-Fi-equipped by month's end.
Assistant borough manager Jim Van Kruiningen, who is overseeing the wireless installation process, said the court room, council conference room and emergency operations center will operate as wireless hotspots within a few weeks. The entire building should be Wi-Fi-capable by year's end.
Once Wi-Fi is installed, the borough will issue tablets to the mayor and council, manager, attorney and clerk. The tablets, which will remain borough property, will be purchased with $15,000 that the council appropriated for its paperless push in last year's capital budget, borough manager Tom Metzler said.
Rather than spend employee time and borough resources making paper copies of documents for council members, the clerk will scan and relay documents to the mayor and council electronically, Van Kruiningen explained. Council members will then be able to dowload the files to their tablets and access them both at home and at meetings.
The initiative is expected to save money, time and reduce the borough's impact on the environment.