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Hilliard City Council and Commission Meetings Now Available Online

Posted November 9, 2017 in Administration by Anna Subler

The City of Hilliard has invested in Accela, a web-based legislative management software that will serve as a central location for citizens to stream public meetings and view all the documents that go along with them.

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 13, the City will go live with Accela at the scheduled City Council meeting. Currently, City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission are using the software. All other City commissions will be added throughout the course of 2018.

“Accela is a City Council initiative and we are excited to introduce it,” said Doug Francis, Director of Information Technology and Communications. “The goal is to ensure transparency and provide Hilliard residents with a ‘one-stop-shop’ to learn about commission and council meetings. Accela will make it much easier for the public to engage in what’s happening in Hilliard.”

Starting on Monday, Nov. 28, the public can visit hilliardohio.gov to find the meeting portal and live stream the City Council meeting. The audio and visual footage will be available ‘on demand’ after each meeting ends. The site will compile, track and store agenda items and allow users to search what they are looking for on the web or their mobile device.

Accela is a $20,000 a year investment that will streamline the flow and retention of information. As a management and work process tool for staff, it will increase productivity and ensure that every document is reviewed by the appropriate departments.

“Accela’s workflow function improves efficiency and eliminates the manual, paper-driven processes of creating legislation,” said Lynne Fasone, City Council Aide.” As an added bonus, the workflow process will help us enhance accountability and transparency.”

We encourage you to check out Hilliard’s Accela portal here: http://hilliardoh.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx