By: Diane Benjamin
I’ve always thought minutes of a meeting reflect what happened at the meeting. I also believed that minutes were kept as a permanent record for posterity, therefore whoever took them had a duty to make sure they accurately reflected proceedings.
Evidently the City of Bloomington doesn’t think so.
On their website 2 items are listed: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=61
Proceedings haven’t been posted since the end of February. http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=242&parent=7721
These reports used to record everything that happened, including who spoke at Public Comment and a brief recap of their topic.
Record of Motions and Votes doesn’t include anything about public comment, Aldermen comment, City Manager comment, or mayor’s comment:
I don’t know why they call it Motions and Votes because other things are included. Nobody voted or made a motion on beautification awards – but they are in there. So is the roll call, pledge of allegiance, moment of silence etc.
It’s funny the last Council meeting called for Approval of the Minutes on the consent agenda, but really there are no minutes to approve. I wonder what they voted on? http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8648
The title on the document is even “Motions and Votes”, obviously in error since it contains much more than motions and votes.
The City is attempting to enshrine for history only what they want saved. Deleting all information pertaining to public comment means they believe your comments aren’t important enough to be preserved. Just your presence isn’t important enough to preserve either.
The only place public comment is available to future researchers is on video where it is much more difficult to search. I wonder how long the videos will be kept? If the video isn’t part of a permanent archive, then neither are the citizens who took their time to address the Council.
Most of the Council doesn’t look at whoever is speaking, the desk in front of them must have classified information which is very important. They regularly show their disgust with citizens wasting their time by not paying attention to them. Tari decided at the last meeting to NOT suspend the rules so everyone who signed up to speak could.
Feel that knife in your back? It’s courtesy of those folks that supposedly work for you.