At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting (10/08/19), the mayor proposed the idea that recordings of the City’s public meetings should be available as audio files on its website. Members of the City Council didn’t all agree on whether or not that was something that should be done – and, once you look into the issue, you find there are a variety of issues that need to be addressed.

There are some technological considerations that have to be taken into account. Will transcripts have to be provided as well as the recordings? Are there any state guidelines about what needs to be made available with regard to files, online players, etc.?

And, of course, meetings will probably need to run a little differently, too. If an audio recording is made of a meeting, attendees (and the chair) will need to remember to allow only one person to speak at a time – and the amount of time allowed for people to opine (currently unrestricted except in the most extreme cases) will probably need to be limited.

Feelings on the Council ranged from: “If people really want to know what goes on in these meetings, they should be here” to “the more transparency, the better.”

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments section, below.

3 Comments

  1. Lois Kempton

    I am not in favor of audio….too many negatives involved. This administration has been most positive in instituting and observing transparency. I do not think the addition of audio files adds anything further. A resident truly interested in what’s going on can attend the meetings when possible. Yes, it’s an effort, but at least it’s not a long drive to City Hall!!

  2. Linda Mack

    I think it would be great for me. I have a really bad back and by the evening my arthritis has flared. It’s really hard for some of us to sit that long.
    I’m not sure if anyone else has the same problems as I do, though.

    • Editor

      Hi Linda,

      I think we’re probably going to be discussing the pros and cons of this for a while. In the meantime, if there’s every any specific issue you’d like to discuss or if you have some concerns you’d like to share, feel free to call me or email me and I’m happy to discuss them with you in more detail.

      Thanks as always for your support and interest.

      Mike