Keeping up with the important deliberations that occur at county workshops, has been a challenge for everyday citizens recently. The commissioners meet in a small conference room that on a good day is nearly filled to capacity and many times there’s no room remaining in the crowded space so people stand in the door and hallway struggling to hear what’s being said. This past Tuesday one person informed Someone Noticed that they arrived a couple of minutes after the call to order and couldn’t get in the room, so after lingering for a period they departed. Beyond that the minutes aren’t helpful as there’s a long delay before they are approved and published. Right now, the most recent workshop minutes on the county website are from Jan 4, 2011, although the board has been involved in many important public policy discussions of interest to people.
But now, beginning March 1st, 2011, Workshop sessions are going to be moved into the large meeting room on the first floor, the Elk Room, and they are going to be recorded, the county administrator, Al Wein, advises. Moving the public officials and the audience trying to follow these workshops to a room where there will be a recording of the conversations is a major step in the right direction. President Mullin had informed Someone Noticed last week that he was leaning in the direction of flipping that switch so people could listen in. Commissioner Broomell has made transparency in county government a cornerstone of her efforts since 2011.
Thank you President Mullin for making it finally happen and Vice-President Broomell for being the strong, ongoing advocate for transparency. There’s more to be done, but this is a good start.