I mentioned in the last post that Mr. Bob Babcock has done HIS homework. He apparently had some correspondence with the Lt. Governor's office (same political party as the gov and State Rep and non-partisan Village President John Steinbrink (DEM)).
The Lt. Gov suggested per Mr. Babcock that municipalities LIKE PLEASANT PRAIRIE take action to put videotaping of Board Meetings, etc, so that citizens have a source of news.
This is nothing new, and I have been preaching this idea for around 2 years now. In order to show that it is not a TECHNICALLY DIFFICULT effort, we have begun videotaping and putting unedited clips of board meetings since 11/19/2007 onto YOUTUBE at http://www.youtube.com/PleasantPrairieWI.
The village leaders such as Trustee Mike Serpe have justified NOT HAVING MEETINGS ON CH25 as being "BORING", and classified them as a good sedative if they were to make it onto CH25.
By the way, cable franchise agreements include having GOVERNMENT ACCESS channels available so that local governments can communicate with their public.
Well, what is wrong with giving citizens the opportunity to SEE their government in action? We get to see COUNTY BOARD MEETING videotapes. Is the county board more interesting than the village board?
We get to see wake board competitions. We get to see garbage getting picked up. We get to see snowplows plowing, etc, etc, etc......
As a citizen, you should be able (if you were not at the meeting for whatever reasons) to pick up the Kenosha News on Tuesday morning and read about (for example: Orchard subdivision access issues and whether a cul-de-sac can be temporarily used as a through street during construction) any issue and then be able to tune to CH25 (lets say Thursday evening at 8pm) to see what actually happened (issue presentation, effected citizen comments, staff comments and recommendations, board comments and recommendations and VOTE). I think the Kenosha News actually does a great job of coverage, but all of the above is IMPOSSIBLE to cover in a news article and/or the intermittent VILLAGE NEWSLETTER (which in my opinion is a propaganda sheet not an unbiased newsletter as it should be).
As I am videotaping all meetings, here is a clip of Mr. Babcocks comments and also mine that followed. YOU DECIDE, and by the way in usual style, the VILLAGE BOARD COMPLETELY IGNORED THESE COMMENTS -- YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THAT TOO.