Figures Stamford has council peeps that get that meetings should be video recorded and put online.
A Republican city representative has introduced legislation that would require several Stamford elected boards to make digital video recordings of all meetings available on the city website.
The ordinance would apply to the Board of Representatives, the Board of Finance and the Board of Education. The Board of Representatives already provides video recordings of all board and committee meetings on its website.
The author of the proposed legislation, city Rep. Scott Mirkin, R-13, said it would help Stamford residents engage with city government while bringing elected boards into line with the standard of technology available.
“The rationale to do this is that people across the country are becoming more interested in government,” Mirkin said. “People want to know `How are core services delivered? How are tax rates set? How do boards conduct themselves?’ If you think about it, we live in a digital age. Access to the Internet is readily available and people want information in a timely manner.
In Norwalk, we get instead:
Agendas for city government meetings must be made available in the city clerk’s office and at the location where the meeting will take place at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
But with one exception, there’s no requirement that such information be posted online, according to Thomas Hennick, public information officer at Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission.
“An online (requirement) doesn’t exist with the exception of special meetings,” Hennick said. A hard copy “needs to be at the city clerk’s office and the committee’s place of business.”
Hey why not the really get into the anachronism and hire a town crier to deliver the agendas. Sheesh.