A little of what Craig Stimpert and Ron Ulmer said at public comment is on this WHOI news report: https://hoiabc.com/news/town-of-normal-opts-to-keep-property-taxes-about-the-same-cutting-budget-instead
By: Diane Benjamin
Since there is no video of Public Comment from Monday’s Council meeting, there is no permanent record of what was said.
Stan Nord left this comment this morning:
In case the above is too small to read:
This technical issue illustrates why the written minutes are so critical to be an accurate representation of what transpired. (Currently, there is disagreement on the importance of written vs. video log.) If we are to be so reliant on “tech” then safeguards must be in place to ensure technical issues do not compromise the historical record.
The Town of Normal has chosen to issue minutes with very little detail. They claim the video is available if more information needed. This time the video is NOT available, the minutes need to document what each of the seven speakers said. I see another controversy brewing, did the clerk even take notes?
One of the speakers, Doug Fansler, posted his notes on Twitter yesterday. Doug used these for his Public Comment and was cut off by Chris Koos because he exceeded the 3 minute time limit. I hear the camera should be focused on the Council instead of the speaker, some interesting reactions would be on the “permanent” record. How about a split screen Normal?