The city of Grain Valley is growing and city officials want to make sure that Grain Valley’s technology is growing with it.

The Grain Valley Board of Aldermen approved a five-year plan for information technology and geographic information systems Monday.

The goal is to identify goals and objectives while also setting the “future technological direction for the city.”

The five-year plan outlines the objectives and strategies for improving technology systems in the city. The main goal, said Grain Valley City Administrator Gary Bradley, is to eventually provide city staff with a “modern, client-centered information system” that will assist in providing quality services as well as being able to directly interact with customers at anytime.

One of the main objectives is to eventually conduct all city operations electronically. This includes electronic transactions and utilizing electronic signatures and electronic funds transfer.

In addition, the city wants to begin increasing its use of electronic communication tools such as maximizing the use of electronic mail and instant messaging, using the Internet to access and disseminate information and providing access to city services 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

This will be done by expanding the availability of web applications as well as the local public access television channel.

Other plans include converting all paper forms, publications and current manual processes to electronic formats.

Although Mayor David Halphin agrees with the implementation, he has concerns about the cost of such a program.

“I am all for it,” he said. “But we might have budget constraints at some point, and it will be hard to keep up with this. We will have to work within our budget.”