Council to vote on proposal for abbreviated Council minutes
Original post made by Morris Brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Dec 15, 2008
On Tuesday, Dec. 16th, Council is going to consider a formal policy which would change the type of minutes published for Council meetings.
The staff report:
explains this issue pretty well.
Although the recorded video of the meetings, certainly gives really the best information as to exactly what went on in a meeting, limiting published minutes to "action minutes" in many cases is certainly going to give the other City commissions or the public little if any information about in what context the action was taken.
This will lead to less transparency on Council proceedings, which can only be cleared by individuals actually having seen the meeting or by going to the web site to review the meeting. This takes quite a bit of time and effort on the part of the public, weeding though long videos to find the relevant section.
So now their is a push to go to much shortened minutes, reflecting only actions taken by Council and nothing much else. A cost saving measure for sure, but to my mind, a whole lot more of the public will be kept in the dark as to what really went on in the meeting.
Considering the modest amount of cost savings, I think this is un-warranted. For a Council that has preached more community engagement, this would be a major step in the opposite direction.
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