I was wrong. Here's why. Now, please fix it.
A few threads down Clark Billings assured me that notices for City Council subcommittee meetings are posted after I had said that few people even know about the meetings and had suggested that the participants avoid public scrutiny via a loophole.
BZZZT Wrong answer on my part.
The subcommittee meetings are, in fact, treated as public meetings and I will take the good coucilor's word that Marilyn, our devoted City Clerk, makes the required postings on the bulletin board across from her office. Mr. Billings even offered
the fact that subcommittee meeting postings are mailed out to certain parties:
I just got in the mail a posting of a Public Safety meeting on Monday the 17th regarding taxi issues-- I have no idea what the issues are and who called the meeting--I don;t recall it a specific referral on this----
anyway- the announcement said- Monday Sept 17, 2007
And while the law says that the meeting need only be posted on the City Clerk's bulletin board to be legal, I thought I would check out the city's brand spankin' new web site (OK it's a year old) and the electronic version of the meeting calendar
Oops. No such subcommittee meeting is listed online:
I understand that technology can take some getting used to, but if you are going to post meetings online for the citizens of North Adams, it would be helpful if *all* the public meetings appear. I've searched the calendar a few months in each direction and not one subcommittee meeting appears.
And this, fellow local political geeks, was the source of my confusion.