Gibson City council members start using iPads

Gibson City council members start using iPads

GIBSON CITY — Council members used new wireless tablets to review zoning rules this week before deciding that the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district does not need a zoning variance to turn a former residential lot into a parking lot.

The council had approved up to $6,000 to purchase iPads. The move is expected to help the city to "go green" and provide convenient access to maps and documents.

"There's going to be some glitches, but we'll work through them," Mayor Dan Dickey said after the first meeting using the devices.

Officials also plan to spend up to $500 for a new document scanner to assist the move to a more paperless council.

Superintendent Randy Stauffer led the council's electronic review of pertinent zoning ordinances. The lot in question is owned by the GCMS school district at the corner of Sangamon and 16th Street. The house on the property was recently torn down by the district.

Stauffer said he district must eventually put a hard surface on the lot, but gravel will be allowed for up to one year from when a building permit is obtained.

Police Chief Steve Cushman announced that plans are being made for public training and competitions at the police firing range this spring.

To ask about training, citizens should contact the police department at 784-8666 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email the chief's administrative assistant Lisa Helgeson (

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