KS Voices: Increasing Transparency in Local Gov't

By: WIBW GM Jim Ogle Email
By: WIBW GM Jim Ogle Email

Earlier this week, I asked you to join me in opposing Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner’s plan to stop the city from televising council meetings on the city cable channel. Our opposition to Preisner’s plan led him to pull it before a vote.

Now I would like to commend Preisner for his suggestion to have a city TV crew record each Shawnee County Commission meeting and play it back on the city’s channel.

And County Commissioner Vic Miller has suggested we go even a step further in openness. He told “On the Other Hand with Raubin and Megan” on our partner 580 WIBW, that he’d like to see city televise the several times a year gathering of the Joint Economic Development Organization or “JEDO” board.

But some residents of the county don’t have Cox Cable and the city may incur even more costs to place the video of the meetings on its website. We’d be happy to have them all available--- city council, county commission and JEDO on the WIBW.COM web channel to allow higher access and not cause any video storage costs for the taxpayers.

Thanks to both Preisner and Miller for their support of transparency in government.

I want to know what you think. Go to the Kansas Voices section of wibw.com and leave me a comment there or send me an email at jim.ogle@wibw.com.


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