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June 12, 2014 by Steve Winkler

-Observer Staff Report-

West Fork City Council Meeting June 10, 2014


A milestone in the march to bring full transparency to West Fork city government was reached at the June 10, 2014 city council meeting when the Washington County Observer video recorded the entire meeting and posted it on the internet.

Providing the public with accurate and detailed information about city business has been one of the goals of the town’s political outsiders. Elected officials have shown reluctance in providing lengthy and detailed minutes evidenced by their effort to prevent former elected city clerk Susan Cooney from doing that.    The audio tapes of the meetings provided by current clerk, Marsha Hungate, were unavailable for two meetings for technical reasons and her written accounts of the meetings are sparse. Two supporting columns in the conference room where meetings are held were removed last month allowing a full view of the dais.

The meeting agenda provided by the city on the Friday before the Tuesday meeting is sometimes changed at the meeting. Items may be removed or added. The topic concerning a rate increase for water and sewer was added to the June meeting agenda as item #4 under New Business.

:06         Roll Call

6:46       Public Forum

11:21     Business Reports

33:20     Ozark Regional Transit

38:26     Commission appointments

43:07     On call for Police Department

1:07: 03               Sewer Rate Increase

1:31:33                Adjourn
[The cost of providing this video recording was covered entirely by the WC Observer. Videography is by Brooke McNeely  of West Fork.  No tax money was used.  If you would like to contribute to production costs for video recording of this and future council meetings, send a donation to WCO Video, P.O. Box 844, West Fork, AR72774.]

Steve Winkler

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  1. Steve Winkler says:

    Yes, the July meeting was videoed and should be up on Youtube soon.

  2. Clarence Wiles says:

    Steve, did you video the last council meeting, I could not find it anywhere. Thanks for reporting the news that we don’t hear about.


  3. Susan Cooney says:

    Susan Cooney‎West Fork Politics
    5 minutes ago · Edited
    Thank you, hallelujah, for all the billions and billions of factors that had to converge to bring us the regular monthly First Class City of West Fork June 2014 city council meeting! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone. Thanks to Brooke McNeely for taking this evening job, it is a great shot of the council room!

    The removal of the two columns is magical it made me sad that they could have been removed this whole time.

    The shot was beautiful, it was so cool to be able to put a face to each voice. I was very worried about the sound quality but so far is fine.
    And everyone looked great!

    Thanks Steve Winkler and all the Sponsors for making one of my dreams a reality. Now, to the tape!

  4. Leslie Scates says:

    Thank you, Washington County Observer!

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