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City will record meetings

December 22, 2010 - Third time's a charm for Charles Inabnit.

At its Dec. 13 meeting, City of the Village of Clarkston Council voted to recording meetings. The Jan. 10, 2011 meeting will be the first recorded.

Councilman Inabnit pushed for recording city meetings, and placed the issue on two previous agendas -- each time discussions went nowhere.

Council voted 6-1 to approve Inabnit's motion, at a cost not to exceed $300. The $300 will cover the cost to purchase a microphone and computer software to be installed on the city clerk/treasurer's computer. Councilman Richard Bisio voted "no," stating he did not believe money was properly allocated.

"Unless there is something that's actually in the budget today from which the $300 can come, I don't think it's proper for the city to be spending the money," he said.

The recordings will be placed on the city's website for 90 days. After 90 days they will be stored permanently on a thumb drive. Recordings are for educational purposes only and not official meeting minutes.

"My whole intent for recording was to bring more people into the meetings who can't always be here (and) let them know what's going on," Inabnit said.

-- By Trevor Keiser

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