Recently there have been a couple important steps forward in regards to transparency in Rye City government. Council meetings are now posted on the Internet (next day) and the "Friday Packets" – the source and background material that was for all essential purposes used to be only available to council members – is now posted online.
All this is a big step forward.
But this week, after a special meeting addressing the Bird House preservation was not broadcast, former Rye City council candidate Tim Chittenden asked the city to clarify its policy around what does and does not get broadcast.
Nicole Levitsky over at Rye TV told MyRye.com "We tape all regularly scheduled meetings. As far as the special workshop, I had checked with the City Manager and was told that it was not necessary to tape it." We also checked with City Manager Frank Culross who confirmed all regular meetings are taped and told us "If the City Council were to request that a special meeting or workshop be broadcast on RCTV, we would attempt to accommodate depending on staff availability."
In the continued spirit of transparency, we hope the Rye City council will request all special council meetings be broadcast. It seems as if city staff and RCTV are ready to deliver the goods.
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