FOI law may shut down town Web sites

FOI law may shut down town Web sites

There are 5 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Oct 2, 2008, titled FOI law may shut down town Web sites. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Officials in several small Connecticut towns say they will shut down their Web sites, saying they cannot obey a new state law on posting meeting minutes and agendas.

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A Resident

Colchester, CT

#1 Oct 2, 2008
It's hard enough for cities and towns to do with less. Let's continue to pass legistation but do nothing to help
fund it. Nothing like more unfunded mandates.
Just like your counterparts in Washington, this state crowd
doesn't have a clue how difficult it is to survive.
ConservativeInCT

Naugatuck, CT

#2 Oct 2, 2008
Oh - great solution, losers. Don't listen to a word these mni's say. Doing this is not hard. I work in IT and should know. Ask a professional their opinions - not town employees, who can't figure out an IT solution to anything.
Not about the IT

United States

#3 Oct 2, 2008
ConservativeInCT, it's not about the IT part of it. It's about the getting the agenda together in advance, which in some cases doesn't happen until right before hand.

Then typing up the minutes. There are some cases when that can't always happen. Some towns are limited in the number of staff, if one is on vacation for a week, typing of minutes would have to take a back seat to more important tasks.
The King

Colchester, CT

#4 Oct 8, 2008
This thread is bizarre. Why can't you get the agenda together in advance? Use a general agenda that most organizations, companies or other towns use. You can find these on the web. The agenda doesn't have to lay out each and every detail of what's to come.

Anyone can take andtype up minutes. And I guess I'd have to question the value of the meeting if no one is keeping a record of decisions made and points made.

If someone is on vacation, get someone else to take minutes. If we can't solve for creating agendas and taking minutes, then how do you expect to address real issues?

This is not an IT problem, its a problem of basic common sense.
Anne

Saddle Brook, NJ

#5 Oct 8, 2008
The King wrote:
This thread is bizarre. Why can't you get the agenda together in advance? Use a general agenda that most organizations, companies or other towns use. You can find these on the web. The agenda doesn't have to lay out each and every detail of what's to come.
Anyone can take andtype up minutes. And I guess I'd have to question the value of the meeting if no one is keeping a record of decisions made and points made.
If someone is on vacation, get someone else to take minutes. If we can't solve for creating agendas and taking minutes, then how do you expect to address real issues?
This is not an IT problem, its a problem of basic common sense.
Well put!

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