Newtown Township

Technology Committee

Minutes of the meeting of September 9, 2008

The Newtown Township Technology Committee met on September 9, 2008 in the lower level meeting room. In attendance were: Chairman Edward Lipski and members Robert Bowers, John Davis, Michael Horan, Harry Stevens and Richard Thompson. Also in attendance was Newtown Borough Resident John Leonard.

Call to Order

Mr. Lipski called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Davis moved to approve the minutes of July 29, 2008. Mr. Horan seconded and the motion passed 4-0-2, with Messrs, Stevens and Thompson abstaining.

Report to Board of Supervisors

The members reviewed the synopsis that was provided to the Board of Supervisors in advance of the oral report to be given by the Chairman on September 10, 2008. The members agreed that the report should contain some of the specific ideas being investigated by the Committee, but that the two main goals are to help with Township policy regarding technology and to be a resource to the Township.

Continued Discussion of Goals and Objectives

Mr. Lipski said that he has been urged by Assistant Township Manager John Boyle to meet with department heads to learn about the use and future needs of technology, rather than speak directly to the staff. He asked whether any of the other members would be interested in attending a staff meeting with him. It is his understanding that the department heads all attend these weekly meetings.

Mr. Stevens said that he hopes to produce a survey for the employees who use computers. This might better help the Committee to learn where improvements could be made.

Mr. Davis suggested that he could attend the Park and Recreation Board meeting. He is a former member of this Board. The Park and Recreation Director attends this meeting. It would give him an opportunity to see whether the Technology Committee could offer assistance to the department or the Board.

Mr. Horan said that he would like to gain more information of the skills of the members of the Technology Department in order to ascertain whether the department is adequately meeting the needs of the staff. He had asked about bills from the Township technology consultant to examine whether the consultant is being called for tasks that employees could easily be trained to perform. One idea he suggested is keeping a log of calls or reports of difficulties. This might point out possibly frequently occurring difficulties.

Mr. Lipski suggested that he and another Committee member could reach out to the Technology Department to discuss maintenance tasks as well as Web site uses.

Other Business

Mr. Bowers provided the members with a handout on red light cameras. He suggested that this could be discussed at some future meeting.

Mr. Horan moved to adjourn at 8:45 PM. Mr. Stevens seconded and the motion passed 6-0.


Respectfully Submitted:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary