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Garfield County government switches to paperless

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County government documents, including agenda items for county commissioner meetings, are now available on-demand in paperless PDF format on the county’s website.

In addition, county commissioner meetings are now being streamed live online as they happen.

And video and audio files from the BOCC meetings will now be archived at http://www.garfield-county.com, as will audio files of county planning commission and board of adjustment meetings.



“We chose this avenue to deliver access to our meetings for the public around the clock and from any location that has internet,” Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson said in a press release issued before Monday’s meeting, when the new “live and on-demand” website features were unveiled.

“We feel greater community access to our meetings will better serve our citizens, offer increased transparency and facilitate citizen involvement,” Samson said.



The system uses the Granicus Open Platform and Government Transparency Suite.

Online visitors can also view a comprehensive archive library of public meeting videos and government records, which are cross-linked and searchable by key word.

Supporting materials for public meetings, including staff reports and relevant memos and legal documents, are also deliverable via the Internet. Video and audio files can also be accessed using mobile devices in MP3 and MP4 downloadable formats.

“We like the archiving feature of this system, which will offer recordings available to the public during and after meetings,” Garfield County Commission Chairman John Martin said in the press release.

“Over time, we will build archives that will help our community be better educated on the topics of interest that come before this board,” he said.

Added Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, “By using this meeting delivery system, we can provide a service to the community that is necessary and productive, utilizing a financially viable method of delivery throughout our nearly 3,000-square-mile county.”

Other Colorado government organizations using the Granicus system include the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives, the cities of Denver and Grand Junction, and Broomfield County.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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