Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ridgeland & Brandon are the only local cities that post minutes online.

The Clarion-Ledger published a story written by Brian Eason that was rather critical of Jackson's website. Mr. Eason pointed out in a fit of showing contempt for the people of Jackson that the city does not post minutes of city council meetings on its website. Such practice is common in large cities. Jackson used to publish the minutes but stopped doing so within a couple of months after Harvey assumed office in 2009. Hmmm.... now why would a Mayor quit posting minutes right after he assumes office?  Nary a peep out of certain local publications about that change in policy.

JJ decided to take Mr. Eason's missive one step further and see how many cities in the Jackson metro area actually post their minutes online. Ready for this? There are exactly two cities: Brandon and Ridgeland. Here are the cities that do not post their minutes online:


Hinds, Rankin, and Madison Counties post their minutes and agendas online although Rankin does not publish the agenda until after the meeting. The following major cities in Mississippi seem to have no problem posting their minutes*:

Gulfport (agendas, no minutes)
Tupelo (Not updated since January)
Cleveland, yes, Cleve-damn-land
Ocean Springs

Mr. Eason was right. It is simply inexcusable that Jackson can not post minutes and agendas online. It feeds into the notion that Jackson can't do even the most basic tasks right. Then there is the matter of transparency and open government. The city simply has a duty to the voters to post the agendas, claims dockets, and minutes online. This is 2013, not 1973. If Mayor Lumumba and the new city council want to do something right while they are singing kumbaya together during the honeymoon, they should fix this problem and not make excuses as a previous administration was prone to do.    Jackson and the other local burbs such as owe their citizens nothing less. Of course, when mayors, aldermen, and city councils tend to see their cities as little fiefdoms, they sometimes forget that little concept. 

*Cities reviewed but no minutes posted online: Grenada, Natchez, Brookhaven, Laurel, Hattiesburg (not since 2010)


Anonymous said...

Amen to that, although I think you will see more transparency out of Clinton with Fisher at the helm.

Nat Assn of Police Impersonators said...

Hmmm.... now why would a Mayor quit posting minutes right after he assumes office? Nary a peep out of certain local publications about that change in policy.

A decade plus now of lofty transparency and open records rhetoric out of the Fondren Harpy and her "partner" is all the evidence one needs to conclude that the only execution and follow through you can expect from that publication is a commitment to yap, yap, yap about it all some more. Action talks but it doesn't speak a word anywhere at the Jackson Free Press.

I mean, even if the Hinds BOS was majority white Republican and had hired a white shakedown attorney (and long time contributor to conservative causes) can you really see the JFP going to the mat -- and to court -- to pry the Motorola settlement loose and into the public light of day?

Of course not because Donna and Todd are all talk. After all these years and ample opportunity to act there can be NO denying it.

Look at their rubbish from 2009 about how they were going to hold Harvey accountable this time in a 3rd term. Hah!

Now it is 2013 and what do you know -- the JFP is still out on the porch talking aimlessly:

We endorsed Mayor Johnson four years ago and then, like many folks, we took a long breath knowing that the Melton administration was out of office.

Then this gem:

We take full responsibility for this endorsement this time around --and, in so doing, we pledge to watchdog the Johnson administration closely while offering a range of voices, ideas and encouragement for how Jackson can improve.

Hell, even Hampton and the Clarion-Ledger gave you well deserved kudos for your open records Ethics Commission victory back in 2008.

Ladd and Stauffer huff and puff, and flap their gums and shoot off their mouths about open government and accounability and transparency, yada, yada, yada but that is ALL THEY EVER DO.

Da Motion Wure Carry said...

It's rather obvious. Posting minutes requires HAVING comtemporaneous minutes. And HAVING them requires employing someone with the ability to either take notes quickly or type from a recording. And that requires an ability to spell, use acceptable syntax, compose paragraphs and correct the horrible grammar of those being recorded.

Next question?

Best of Jackson Awards said...

"Nary a peep "

That's funny but true .

Not to worry 10:15, I'm sure Donna will mull over the "facts",then have multiple conversations with
herself within the JFP comments, and then she will issue a self proclaimed "best of" award to herself
for so called excellence in journalism.

Tongues hanging out and dripping: Mott,Head, along with the 3 other JFP readers will be trotting and sniffing right behind the alpha female of that litter.

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Anonymous said...

With today's technology, this should be part of the required public notice in the state statute.

Anonymous said...

Add one more local city government to the list that is fairly current.

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