WALLINGFORD — Town councilors have opted to receive meeting agendas and packets of supplemental materials by email rather than police courier.
Town Clerk Barbara Thompson said Wednesday that the delivery system, which had been the norm for decades, has stopped.
All town councilors receive the packet by email, Thompson said, and Chairman Vincent Cervoni, Craig Fishbein and Christina Tatta are also receiving paper copies which are made available to them at Town Hall.
By town charter rules, the meeting agenda and packet goes out to town council members by 5 p.m. the Wednesday before a meeting, which generally are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
Police Chief William Wright said there was no cost associated with the police courier delivery system. It usually took about an hour to deliver the packets, he said.
Thompson said although there was no cost, it tied up police resources by taking officers away from other duties.
“We’re happy with it,” she said. “We use to struggle sometimes to see that they got it by 5 p.m. Wednesday, having to call people and track them down. It’s a win-win.”Councilors exchange emails
Cervoni suggested the administrative change in December, according to an email from Cervoni to the rest of the town council and Thompson.
Cervoni said that paper packets had been delivered to town councilors by police courier and by email simultaneously.
“I think we are all digitally capable at this point,” he said. “In light of that, it seems to be a waste of resources to have uniformed officers in cruisers deliver our packets to us.”
He suggested that they agree to accept all packets by email, adding that he planned to ask Thompson to leave a paper packet for him on the desk at meetings.
In subsequent emails, Councilors Tom Laffin, Joe Marrone, Chris Shortell and Jason Zandri all indicated that they had already stopped receiving paper packets and had moved over to email delivery.
Councilors Gina Morgenstein and Vincent Testa indicated they believed it was a good idea.
Fishbein said he wanted to receive a paper packet, but would be OK with establishing a mailbox system at Town Hall to retrieve a copy.
Tatta requested both paper and email, “just until I figure out what I prefer,” she said, but added that if she’s the only one to receive paper, she’d be fine with email.