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
[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.]