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September 27, 2013

Annetta opens doors to city hall for public use

Mayor’s earlier action in question

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His motion, requiring the city secretary to produce audio recordings of council meetings, was met with abstentions from Wood and Ripley and opposed by Sheridan and Stasey.

“I would like to continue the policy of taping all of our meetings and making that available to us,” Moore said, “in addition to a paper copy of the minutes to be presented at the following meeting to be approved.”

When Sheridan asked for his opinion, attorney Steve Wood said anything said in a public forum could potentially create liability for a city, regardless of whether it’s recorded or not.

He said recording meetings was helpful for the public, but not recording meetings “makes it more difficult for folks to find information and use it against you."

He said having the city adopt a policy not to record meetings wouldn’t apply to individuals — including council members — who wanted to bring recording devices.

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