After finding the City Council agenda for February 21 on Saturday, I searched for the agenda packet, which often runs into hundreds of pages. I checked both the City web site and SlideShare for a document to peruse. As of Monday evening, I felt shut out.
The next day I questioned if the City posted the packet on a "Council Live" story by Matthew Waller. He responded:
Something went wrong, and the city didn't get the packet released until I requested it Monday.With the leadership change, I can be patient as kinks are worked out. I expect Interim City Manager Michael Dane to pick up the openness, given his award-winning transparency in the CFO slot.
I followed up with Ty Meighan, Public Information Officer, on the late posting issue. He wrote:
It was posted on there Monday. I know because my office posted it this time for the city clerk and the Standard-Times accessed it. We did not use Slideshare because they now want to charge us for posting items that take up significant space.Here's SlideShare's pricing, $19 a month:
I'm not saying the City should spend $228 a year on SlideShare, but they should make it clear to the interested public the ways they can locate the agenda, its supporting packet and any presentations made at the Council meeting.
The City had an RFP out for a website overhaul last fall. They might wish to house documents there vs. SlideShare. While change is in the works, please give the public a chance to be informed.. That means more than the day before.
Update 3-2-12: The City posted the March 6 agenda on its website and the meeting packet on SlideShare That gives people the weekend to peruse the material, a distinct improvement/return to form.
Update 4-28-12: The new website vendor is an agenda item for the May 1 meeting.
Update 5-5-12: The City's free Slideshare account is now restricted to 10 MB uploads.