At the Jan. 19, 2012 meeting of the , the Board finally took the positive step of allowing of the regular meetings to be posted on the township's website.
The vote was 5-0.
This issue has been stalled for a very long time on the Board's agenda. The audio recordings are set to be posted online within three days of the meetings adjournment. Two meetings will be available at a time, the older one being rotated off of the website once a new one becomes available.
This step is much needed within the township. If a resident misses a meeting, with the current system, he or she will not be able to find out what transpired until the meeting minutes are approved at the following BOS meeting.
This means that a 2-3 week interval will pass before the resident has an opportunity to find out what he or she has missed. In addition to this, the minutes are usually posted in an untimely manner, further delaying the citizen's desire to be informed.
This being said, if some point of interest is discussed at the missed meeeting, and this citizen has something to say about it, the issue may have already been discussed and acted upon at the meeting in which the minutes were approved. The resident has now missed his or her opportunity because he or she had no chance to become informed. The interested citizen is disenfranchised.
These audio recordings will improve transparency of local government. Residents now have another pathway to link themselves to their local government. People can now stay up-to-date on current issues even if not in attendance at BOS meetings.
Thumbs up to for finally taking this much needed step.