Better records of meetings

Not so long ago I attended a meeting of the Canton selectmen. I asked why the meetings were not being taped and the board responded it was not necessary. When I mentioned that four members of the board had agreed to tape all sessions, I was dismissed.

I found minutes dated June 26, 2008, that state: "Chris Dailey would like to recommend that a tape recorder be used at the selectmen’s meeting. Don Hutchins would also like to see a camera. Kathy has contacted Time Warner about running a line into the office building for the access channel. She is waiting to hear. We will get a tape recorder for the meetings."

After the board was presented with a copy of those minutes, their comment was, “It doesn’t say that they were going to use it.” What were they going to “get a tape player” for?

Having meetings available on the local access channel would be a help for older or disabled residents; they could sit home and watch the meetings live.

I am also concerned about the legal liabilities of not having at least a verbal record of these meetings. I have seen many accusations from both sides of the table about what was said and it is only a matter of time before litigation becomes a reality.

I see no reason for their refusal to at least make a sound recording of meetings.

Chris Dailey, Canton

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I wish this paper could find

I wish this paper could find space on this website to have videos of local selectboard meetings for viewing, kind of like, you tube. Much goes on at these meetings that the public is never aware of.


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