Here’s how the Commissioners of Travis County, Texas do it:
Video files of commissioners court meetings are available online. Agenda items are available by noon the day after the meeting.For example:
Voting Session AgendaBy “Backup Materials” they mean the packet the Commissioners got.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Complete Agenda Backup Materials, 120 MB
This web page version is derived from a manual conversion of the official document of record for the convenience of the user. Travis County has posted this notice and agenda in good faith, in compliance with Government Code section 551.056. Please note that, in the event of a technical problem beyond the county’s control that prevents the county from posting here or that results in an erroneous posting, notice of this meeting and agenda posted at the courthouse remains valid
The rest of that web page fior their 13 December 2011 meeting has video and text for ciizens communications and consent items, plus each item that had its backup information in the Commissioners’ packet is separated out with video, text, and backup links.
And for next week’s meeting, 20 December 2011, the complete agenda with links to each backup item, is already available on the Commission’s public website.
Including for road closings and everything else the Commissioners consider.
Including for public hearings. So the public knows what’s going on, and people who stand up in public hearing can know what they’re commenting on.
That’s what local government transparency looks like. The Lowndes County Commission could upgrade its agendas to include links to the backup materials, and the day after the meeting add its own videos.