Reader Opinion: Livestreaming in LF
What is Little Falls City Council hiding? Laura Wright's public forum comment May 20, where she read her email request April 28 which stated: "I would like to formally and officially request in writing that City Council meetings AND all future wo...
What is Little Falls City Council hiding?
Laura Wright's public forum comment May 20, where she read her email request April 28 which stated: "I would like to formally and officially request in writing that City Council meetings AND all future work sessions related to city council meetings be audio/video recorded and made available for public viewing on the internet. Additionally if captioning (or full transcript) is available please also include with each video/upload to help ensure they are accessible to all viewers. Also, as a suggestion-a link, email, or telephone number for the City of Little Falls could possibly be included with video/uploads for persons needing to request other accommodations. As a former employee of the State of Minnesota, having advocated for ease of accessibility for persons with disabilities as well as for disabled Veterans- I am hopeful you would please consider these items and implement in your future efforts for the benefit of all residents."
Mayor Greg Zylka's response: "I don't think it's a great idea. I am a very positive person, that enjoys positive things about this community, and I don't think that always has come out in the past in those meetings, in those comments, and I don't think that the truth is necessary at those as we've seen in the past. So in the interest of the betterment of the community and the attitude of the community, I would not support that, and also I will say that I have supported veterans of this community a lot, and I have supported Handicapped. So it's not me taking a shot at them, that they don't deserve to hear."
Countless Minnesota cities, including Willmar, livestream public comments/work sessions, because they are "resident friendly" and value taxpayers free speech, even if it's critical.
Not in Little Falls, Minn.