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Mixed grades for town, school compliance with Open Meetings Law amendment

Meeting packets must be placed online

The Johnsburg Town Board meets at Scout Hall in Sodom Tuesday, April 17.

The Johnsburg Town Board meets at Scout Hall in Sodom Tuesday, April 17. Photo by Mike Mender.

School

Grade: A — Johnsburg Central — agenda YES, meeting packets YES, minutes YES; packets temporary, agendas and minutes archived

Grade: A — Long Lake Central — agenda - YES, meeting packets YES, minutes YES (archived and updated); agenda and meeting packet temporary

Grade: A — Minerva Central — agenda YES, meeting packets YES, minutes YES (all temporary)

Grade: A — Newcomb Central — agenda - YES, meeting packets YES, minutes YES; all are archived (missing some meetings but most are there)

Grade: C — Indian Lake Central — agenda - YES, meeting packets NO, minutes YES; agenda and minutes temporary and not up to date

County

Grade: A — Essex County — agenda YES, minutes YES, resolutions YES; all are archived

Grade: A — Hamilton County — agenda YES, minutes YES, resolutions YES; all are archived

Grade: C — Warren County — agenda NO, minutes YES (archived), resolutions NO

Conclusion

Please note that not all A-grade town and school boards started there a year ago. In fact, I don’t think any had a grade of A on Feb. 2. 2012.

Yet all the school districts and some town boards, like Indian Lake and Minerva, have made a lot of progress. They worked at it. Some have even spent money; the town of Indian Lake spent about $4,000 on a new printer/copier/scanner to meet the requirement.

But it takes leadership to step up and do what’s right by the taxpayers.

Please — and this is our plea to supervisors, superintendents and board members — work hard to reach a “meeting packet” grade A on your website by the end of 2013. Your residents will thank you. And we’ll be watching.

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