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Texas' Wolfforth Council to Use Google Docs to Streamline Water Well Ordinance

Using technology like Google Docs allows the city to confine the council’s questions and contributed ideas about the ordinance to one document.

by Karen Michael, McClatchy News Service / April 9, 2014

In Texas, Wolfforth Council members will look at a pending water well ordinance through the use of a shared Google Doc from the city’s attorney.

But Wolfforth city manager Darrell Newsom warned them at a meeting Monday, April 7, to only direct comments on the electronic document toward the document itself when he gave them instructions for working in a Google Document.

Newsom said he would like for them to contribute their ideas about the ordinance to the document, which each reader will be able to see.

After the meeting, Newsom said each council member will be able to see the others’ comments.

But city secretary Debbie Perkey said the document is not a chance for them to discuss the ordinance before meeting to vote on it.

“The (city’s) lawyer is taking oversight of the document,” Newsom said. “If it gets out of hand, the lawyer will tell them.”

Using technology like Google Docs allows the city to confine the council’s questions about the document to one document, “instead of having 47 emails” floating around, Newsom said.

It’s also a way to save time and not spend a lot of time asking questions about the document during city council meetings.

“We’re way ahead of having to be in here for two hours every night. Unlike fireworks,” Newsom said, referring to a lengthy discussion about how to proceed with a fireworks show in Wolfforth on July 4.

©2014 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas)

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