Not everyone is able to make it to the monthly Crothersville Town Council meetings.
Some people have other obligations that prevent them from going. Some are sleeping during that time before having to get up to go to a third-shift job.
Those thoughts were on the minds of council President Danieta Foster and Councilman Chad Wilson as they recently proposed the idea of recording meetings.
The idea is to place one microphone on each of the three tables where the council members sit and also have recording equipment and video broadcasting.
“Our thought was to put it online for people who can’t come to meetings,” Foster said.
Councilman Lenvel “Butch” Robinson expressed some concerns about the idea.
“I thought if people want to know what’s going on, get to the meetings,” he said. “I feel like if people are interested in the town and they want to know what’s going on, you shouldn’t have to cater to them. I think that’s a waste of money if you go buy all of these mikes and everything like that.”
Foster said there are a lot of people who work night shift who can’t attend the meetings. They are conducted at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the town hall, 111 E. Howard St.
Robinson asked town attorney Jeff Lorenzo if a notice would have to be posted on the meeting room door letting people know they could be recorded.
“You would have microphones in front of you, so I think they can conclude,” Lorenzo said.
Foster said she could do more research and present her findings at the next council meeting, set for 6 p.m. Feb. 5.
“We haven’t done any real research because we wanted to see if anybody wanted to do it,” she said.
Robinson said he would like to know the cost, so Foster said she would look into that, too.
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What do you think about the Crothersville Town Council recording its meetings and posting them online for people to view?
Share your thoughts at the next meeting, set for 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Crothersville Town Hall, 111 E. Howard St.