Feel like a council member
The documents that City Council members use in meetings are online.
By DEMORRIS A. LEE
Published June 26, 2006
CLEARWATER - City residents now have access to the same documents that City Council members have during meetings, thanks to upgrades to the city's Web site.
In addition to viewing a meeting's agenda, anyone with Internet access can now also get copies of all the supporting documents that council members use to make their decisions. The advantage is that residents can print the documents from their home computers instead of having to come to the clerk's office to ask for them.
"The public can now get full agenda packets," said Dan Mayer, Clearwater's director of informational technology. "This greatly expands public availability to everyone."
Residents would need to go to www.myclearwater.com and click on the "City Government" icon. They would then click on "Public Records/ Meeting Information." Residents can make selections from there. They now have access to almost any city document.
Making the documents available from home is another step the city has made to make government more open. The city now video streams its meetings on its Web site. Residents can access all meetings, and because they are indexed, residents can go to the portion of the meeting they are seeking. Before video streaming, the city made videotaped copies of the meetings available.
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