City of Redmond leads the eastside with innovative Open Government podcasts
The City of Redmond published their first Video Podcast of a Council Committee meeting this week. These Council Committee meetings are really the only time Council can gather as a whole to mingle and discuss business with staff. The meetings are critical to city workings; and where the rubber meets the road. With the convenience of a podcast we can listen in at our pleasure and learn how our government works, as never before. I'll publish the podcasts as I can and they're available on the city website.
Council holds four Committee Meetings a month at 4:30 p.m.
--Parks and Human Resources (1st Tues of the month,) -- Parks and Public Works (2nd Tues of the month,) -- Public Safety (3rd Tues. of the month,) and -- Finance, Administration and Communication (4th Tuesday of the month.)
The Council Public Safety Committee meeting was their first audio-filed meeting. It was chaired by CM Byron Shutz, with CM Stilin, CM Carson, CM Birney, and CM Margeson in attendance.
Some interesting topics were discussed: The glue truck spill, emergency preparedness for the snowfall, a new CPR system, School Resources Officers, the who's and what's of Fire personnel promotions and at the end of the meeting a funny chatter about "Police Badges."
Wouldn't it be helpful and healthy if the Lake Washington School District Directors would podcast their study sessions? They meet with staff at 5:30 over a catered dinner.