Wednesday, November 23, 2011
City Clerks Office Continual Fail
According to the City web site, "City Council minutes are semi-verbatim and are available on the web and for general distribution approximately two to three weeks after a Council meeting date."
So why did it take the City Clerk and City Council 18 weeks to post the July 25, 2011 minutes?
On November 14, 2011 Charlotte City Council approved the minutes for the following dates which where posted on line the following day:
July 25, 2011 Business Meeting
August 22, 2011 Business Meeting
September 6, 2011 Tour and Closed Session
September 12, 2011 Business Meeting
September 19, 2011 Zoning Meeting
That still leaves:
September 26, 2011
October 3, 2011
October 10, 2011
October 17, 2011
November 14, 2011
Which have not been presented, approved and posted. Going on 8 weeks. Wow!
North Carolina law requires that the minutes be "accurate". So does the City Clerk feel that "semi-verbatim" is good enough for "accurate"?
Another interesting point is that all communication with city council members is public record. This includes emails, but more than 1/2 the city council members use as their offical email address, one that is outside the relm of the city computers.
So who insures that emails sent to offsite private email addy's are preserved?
Cedar's Take: North Carolina has some pretty simple sunshine laws. But Charlotte's City Council seems to be of the thinking that they are about the rules.
Cedar Posts has emailed the City Clerks Office for an explaination as to why the delay in posting the Charlotte City Council minutes. So far silence.
Cedar Extra Credit: Explore North Carolina's Open Records Laws here.