Technology Committee Highlights
Main highlights starting with the earliest accomplishments:
• Procured newtownfun.com domain for Parks and Rec, making it simple for
residents to find the site. Helped create separate Park & Rec website with on-line
registration and credit card payments (enabled P&R to reduce brochure
publication and paper distribution of flyers).
• WiFi and TV recommendations for new public meeting room and community
• Paperless initiative – starting with e-mail attachments as packets for committees,
eventually migrating to GoogleDocs for all packets. Significantly reduced paper
usage and time delivering docs throughout the township.
• Launched Google Mail
Technology Committee Highlights (cont’d)
• Launched Cloud storage
• Procured newtownpa.gov domain for the website. Upgraded Township website –
included interviewing vendors, other municipal website review for design, lay-
out, navigation and content.
• Upgrade of DocStar
• Extensive research into the following :
• Social Media Policy for departments and employees
• Text notification systems for residents such as Nixle
• Disaster recovery planning
• Review of municipal management software
Current Agenda Items
• Emergency notification system (researched/proposed Nixle)
• Proactive Township notification of urgent events
• Resident reporting platforms
• Researched SeeClickFix
• App for resident reporting of road hazards (i.e., potholes)
• Researched/obtained bid from CitySourced
• CRM back office management (includes digital service delivery to residents)
• Analytics & reporting
• Committee recommended setting up Google Analytics account to monitor traffic and bounce
rate for website, and make changes to pages as needed.
• Parks and Rec
• Committee recommended using geolocation technology to assist with park navigation.
• Committee proposed use of drones capturing footage of parks and trails to post on website
to familiarize residents with recreational options.
June 2015 Projects
• Township website: A subcommittee of Tech committee members, two supervisors and Township
Administration reviewed the proposals and met with the four companies which submitted
proposals for an updated website.
• Docstar: Although the Committee had investigated possible replacements for Docstar, in light of
recent hardware failures, it recommended that the Township upgrade the old Docstar system.
• Cloud Migration: As the Township began its migration to Google, the Technology Committee
made itself available to help staff work through any issues. The use of Google has already been
very successful for document sharing among the Township’s various committees, boards and
commissions and Township staff has found it very effective in saving time and money by
eliminating almost all paper (and copy time).
• Social Media Policy: The Committee has reviewed the social media policies of a number of
municipalities and government agencies and recommends that the Township adopt a policy
similar to that created for Doylestown Township by Begley Carlin & Mandio.
• The Committee also made itself available to assist with making better use of technology. In
conjunction with this, it was suggested that the Committee observe the budget process in the fall
to make recommendations on a solution that would enable Supervisors to see the impact of
cuts/additions to the budget.
October 2012 Projects
The Committee recommendation was for the Township to focus on a long-term plan for
updating and upgrading hardware and software with immediate goals of:
• Addressing the DocStar Document Management Program by either upgrading or
• Reviewed upgrades available, as well as a few solutions better suited to municipal
document management which use tax map parcel numbers or street addresses for
• Reviewed current financial software for upgrade or replacement.
• Reviewed current office software for possible upgrades.
• Planned strategy for management of all IT infrastructure, service and support. The
Committee stressed that this could be addressed by the Township Manager working
with an IT service provider if an IT management employee were not feasible.
• Researched hardware for Township meetings as part of the paperless initiative.
The Technology Committee set the following goals for 2010:
1. Video Streaming of Township Board of Supervisors meetings: In anticipation of this and
other Web related projects we recommended that the Township purchase the following
2. “PowerPoint Producer”/Supervisors on Demand: We researched ways to provide a web
video of Board meetings with the added feature of clicking to the portion of the meeting
where specific agenda matters are discussed. The viewer would also see associated
documents if available.
2010 Goals (cont’d)
3. “Live Meeting” uses and education: The Technology Committee met via live meeting
software to review the new building A/V proposals. This was deemed an easy way to get
together unofficially. The same technology could be used by other committees, boards and
commissions for sub-committee discussions, or for use by members off site during a
regularly scheduled meeting.
4. Paperless Initiative: The Committee determined how documents are generated, stored
and used by the Township’s employees and volunteers, and reviewed how to make use of
the already licensed “SharePoint” software.
5. Tax Office Technology: Committee members visited the tax office to learn about
available technology, and whether that technology is being fully utilized to make
December 2009 Projects
The Technology Committee worked on the following projects in 2009:
• Park and Recreation Website: www.newtownfun.com, hosted by myrec.com, was
launched and accepts on-line credit card registration. Residents find the site easy to
navigate and responsive. The Park and Rec Department can generate data and reports on
enrollment, revenues, etc.
• Technology for new building: The Committee reviewed proposals for various audio/visual
equipment with prices upward of $100,000 and after carefully comparing the existing
technology with the upgrades, recommended that rather than invest in elaborate
equipment, the Township continue to use its current A/V equipment, postponing purchase
of upgrades for two to five years. Its recommendation was that two 50-inch 1080i
televisions be installed in the large public meeting room. This would cost about $3600,
including wiring and installation.