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Council kills request for detailed meeting minutes

Original post made on Jan 16, 2012

Planning commissioners upset about the city ending its practice of keeping a written record of meeting discussions didn't get a break from the City Council on Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 16, 2012, 10:47 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by SteveH, a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I'm confused. When did "summary minutes" mean detailed discussion before the committee/commission? Wouldn't that be "detailed minutes"?


Posted by Great, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Now I have to watch a 4 hour video to know the positions people took at the meetings instead of reading/skimming a 5-10 page document. Government transparency isn't always efficient or cheap. At $4000 per year this was not exactly breaking the bank.

Posted by Seriously?, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Not only was the $4,000 a miniscule amount (especially as part of a multi-million dollar budget), it's not clear the amount will even be a savings, or just a reduction in workload. Is anyone's pay being reduced by eliminating this work?

Aside from making our government less transparent, this really devalues the work of commission members, as council and the public won't have access to the thoughts that came before the vote.

Posted by bkengland, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

My impression from comments during the Council meeting is that council members would like to see how it goes during the next six months or so and then (possibly) take this up again for discussion. Meanwhile, if you have an opinion or suggestions about this issue, I strongly urge you to send your thoughts to Council (and ask that advisory committees, commissions, and boards be copied) through this web page: Web Link

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