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DOTC: Show county meetings, too

DanoftheCity (RE: Kootenai County now offering audio recordings): This has been a baffling unmet need at the county for many generations of Commissioners. With all the calls for transparency I still can't figure out why the various iterations of the County Commissioners haven't set up the main meeting room in the Administration Building to do video's of their public meetings like just about every other major taxing district in the county. And of course, moving their meeting times to after the work day for most folks would also be real progress. It isn't about money. Over the years I noted that anything that was actually a priority of the current Board at the time somehow found a way to get funding. And with the recent article about how to spend a 15+ million dollar surplus, I can't think of many things that would rate a higher benefit to the public and taxpayers that setting up the main conference room for video capabilities for public meetings, not just BOCC meetings. Now that would be real transparency and a great public benefit.

DFO: Dan raises a great point. Why aren't the Kootenai County commissioners submitting themselves to real-time recording of their business meetings. 3 days to get an audio feed? The city of Coeur d'Alene airs City Council and various subcommittee meetings live, via Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19. I'm sure Jeff Crowe & his outfit wouldn't mind taping the county meetings, too. Thoughts?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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