Jeannette’s reports will be added to the city’s website, but the council is reluctant to broadcast the meetings
Jeannette officials plan to increase government transparency by adding reports to the city’s website, but a councilwoman’s bid to have public meetings broadcast via video was met with disinterest.
City Clerk Nathan Bish said he plans to start regularly adding communications received by the city and reports from department heads to cityofjeannette.com. Both are read or given at public meetings, but downloading them would make the details more accessible to the public, he said.
“I would like to start, if possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, two council members and Bish appeared opposed to a proposal by Councilman Michelle Langdon to have town hall meetings livestreamed and for the city to launch a YouTube channel. She has posted live recordings of recent council meetings on her Facebook page, before and since joining the group this month following her election in November.
“I think it would be a great community offering for the city,” she said.
Council members Robin Mozley and Chuck Highlands expressed their opposition.
“We are transparent. All of our recordings are available to anyone at any time,” Mozley said.
“It doesn’t interest me,” Highlands said.
Bish either. He would be responsible for recording meetings, uploading videos and monitoring the channel.
“In my opinion, I don’t think it’s necessary,” he said.