Village Resident Volunteers Sought for New Technology Commission

Village Resident Volunteers Sought for New Technology Commission
Posted on 02/08/2018

The Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees has added a new advisory committee to its village commissions. At its February 5 meeting, the board approved the creation of a village technology commission.

A volunteer advisory board, this group of village residents will guide the village board on aspects of technology implementation and management, planning, information sharing and ways to promote scientific endeavors and research facilities within the village.

"Orland Park is in the midst of a technology revolution by enabling residents to interact electronically, dispatching crews electronically, analyzing the data over time to increase efficiency at all levels," said Village President Keith Pekau. "The expectation is that residents will value the electronic capabilities and businesses will see the investment and want to be a part of our evolution as a smart city."

Seven members will be appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the trustees.

The commission will review, evaluate and identify present and future technology advances to develop and implement a strategic technology plan for the village. The group will be responsible for preparing an annual report for the board offering a comprehensive and current review of Orland Park's technology management and implementation activities.

"This is about better, more responsive services for our residents at a lower cost," said Trustee Jim Dodge, chair of the village's Technology, Innovation and Performance Committee. "I've been a proponent of these types of investments for a long time and I'm very happy that the board is supportive."

"The village has a great chief technology officer and this advisory board will help us make sure that we are taking full advantage of private sector knowledge and insights on best-in-class technologies," Dodge said.

The group will also review and evaluate ways to advance the village's technological capabilities and will recommend amendments to the village code and/or land development code to eliminate impediments affecting technological strategies in village operations.

"An example of what we're working on is if you take a picture of something with your smartphone that needs attention --- a pothole or a broken swing in a park --- it will go into our work order management system," Dodge explained. "You will be notified of the status and the village board and village manager will get hard metrics on how well we serving residents in a timely manner. It's better for all of us if we have village staff in the field doing their jobs instead of dealing with paperwork in the office."

The commission will also be responsible for making the public aware of advances in science and technology that may be of interest to village residents and businesses.

"To be most effective, the village needs outside perspectives from residents to help make our smart city vision a reality," Pekau said.

Interested applicants may send letters of interest with current resumes to Village President Keith Pekau; Village of Orland Park; 14700 South Ravinia Avenue; Orland Park, IL 60462.