The City Council will consider changes tonight that would stop the broadcast of council meetings just before the meeting’s public comment session.
The audio and video taping of the public meeting would start at the beginning of the meeting but terminate with the council comment portion of the meeting — before the open public comment period. The change to the ordinance, O-48-13, was introduced by City Council at its October meeting and will come up for a public hearing and final approval at its meeting tonight at 7 p.m.
Mayor Samson Steinman said the change was proposed after the September meeting (.pdf of minutes) when a resident described complaints that were becoming too graphic to be broadcast. The mayor denied that putting an end to recording public comments was a move to quash public criticism of city officials.