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Mayor Glenn Johnson, left, learns how Board Docs will work as Pullman city council's new software system Wednesday.

Mayor Glenn Johnson, left, learns how Board Docs will work as Pullman city council's new software system Wednesday.

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Mayor Glenn Johnson, left, learns how Board Docs will work as Pullman city council's new software system Wednesday.

KYLE MOEN, Evergreen reporter

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The Pullman City Council held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the use of a new software for its website.

This software, which the city is paying for through a subscription, will be used by council members to upload meeting agendas and minutes for the public to see. City council members spent the meeting learning how to navigate the new software.

The goal of Board Docs is to make city information easier for the public to access, said Martha Cook, an implementation specialist with Board Docs. A person can use the search tool on the software to see what happened at every city council meeting.

Before the council starts to use Board Docs, they will do a demo phase with the new software before it goes live, said Adam Lincoln, city supervisor. They will also continue to provide paper packets as a backup in the early stages of the system.

Wayne Brannock, the information systems manager for the City of Pullman, said the city hall meeting room also got some upgraded equipment.

Mayor Glenn Johnson said moving to software like Board Docs should have happened years ago. The council is also trying to move everything from paper to tablets, he said, and will be able to make technological advancements to their systems thanks to a better budget.

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Kyle is a junior majoring in multimedia journalism and public relations from Vancouver, Washington

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