Marathon government going a little less paperless with tablets

The city of Marathon will attempt to be more environmentally friendly in 2016 and beyond.

Rather than filing reports at the end of the day, city employees will be armed with tablets when out of the office. They'll be able to input data on the fly, which should streamline permitting and other services at City Hall.

"An inspector who goes out to a job, in real time, can make notes or pass and fail a project and boom, everything is at City Hall," said Mayor Mark Senmartin, who has been pushing for more technology use with city employees. "It speeds up everything."

Overseeing the technological transition is Erin Arnett, who was promoted to informational technology director Nov. 14. She has a $60,000 annual salary and previously was a part-time IT assistant hired January 2010.

"We're trying to be more paperless, saving more money and going green," she said. "It cuts down half the work."

City firefighters are expected to be outfitted with tablets early next year. Coupled with Wi-Fi in the fire trucks, they will be able to file reports on the spot.

Arnett is responsible for managing IT security for city employees, as well as configuring software and advising the city manager on what technology updates the city should invest in.