Fraser Wastewater Committee stops recording meetings
May 24, 2016
The Town of Fraser Water/Wastewater Committee has voted to stop posting audio of their meetings online, but the town board could potentially overrule this decision.
Recordings from these meetings are often posted on the town website for the public to listen to, but the committee decided to stop this during their Tuesday, May 10 meeting.
Jane Mather brought the subject up during the town board meeting on Wednesday, May 18, suggesting the board reconsider this decision so the public can stay informed.
"Not all of us have the luxury of getting out of work on Tuesday mornings to listen to these meetings," Mather said.
"It looks like the town is trying to hide something. Especially since they are currently considering an increase in water rates."
Meetings are not required to post audio recordings by state or local law, said Town Manager Jeff Durbin, but the town board could potentially overrule the decision. It will be on the agenda for consideration.
The main argument against recording the meetings is the wastewater committee mostly throws out ideas without officially making any decisions. Any decisions that are finalized must be put in front of the town board at meetings, which are recorded and posted online. There were concerns that members of the committee cannot be as open as they would like knowing they are being recorded, and subjects can be taken out of context if briefly listened to online.
Both the wastewater and town meeting audio can be found on the Fraser town website.