Monday, June 24, 2013

Keep 'Em in the Dark...............

Keep who in the dark?  Well, the people of Shawnee, that's who. 

Now, why do I say this? last week's committee meeting the agenda packets again (as usual) did not include all the info. 

See, what happens is the city posts an agenda packet on line, and then the same thing is available at city hall before the meeting.  But, not all of the info is in there.  The full spectrum of information which is going to be discussed with the documents is left off.  In this case, it was more items concerning the proposed budget.  Very similar situation as to the one I posted about on 5/26 below entitled "Open Government???  Yeah Right!!!!" (scroll down to read it if you'd like).

Now, sometimes the info is included in the minutes packet, after the fact, and that can be weeks after the meeting.

I'm waiting to hear councilmember Jeff Vaught start pontificating about how the city received an award for open government.  If one reads the basis for that, it concerns mostly a web site with links to certain items.............but it does not include a review of the completeness of those items or their depth.  Part of this was covered in my post of 9/14/2012 "Shedding Light on Sunshine Review"  The city got its high rating just when the topic of going back to full meeting minutes came up for a vote. It's also interesting, that as a result of a KORA request, we found out that there was a flurry of emails back and forth for a few days preceding that award, (and the vote on the minutes) with the city pushing to see what it had to do to upgrade its rating.  Coincidental, huh?

OK, this is probably going to be one of the posts that the city manager will probably label as bad or misleading information.

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