Cindy moved to Brookfield in 1994 with her husband and three children in tow. It's been a very interesting seventeen years.
New City Clerk Kelly MIchaels has been on the job for a few weeks now. I've noticed some changes to the way things are done. For one, the agendas are now a thing of beauty. They are so easy to read!
When the first set of minutes she'd done were emailed, I was very excited. The minutes were thorough. One could tell the basics of every discussion and easily discern how the alderfolk voted. No more listening to those meetings where certain elected like to hear themselves talk!
But it didn't last. Within a couple of hours a "revised" version of the minutes made their way out. These were back to the same cut and dried agenda then outcome format. I literally grieved. And stomped my foot. And grumbled a bit.
Finally it dawned on me that (if I remember correctly) the official version of the Council minutes have to be published, and that publishing is expensive. It made me feel a little better. After all, reverting to the shorter format will save me money.
Still, and I hope someone is in agreement who can make this happen, it would be great to have those more complete minutes available online. Could they be called draft minutes or working minutes or Cindy wants 'em minutes? Please? I've been away for a week, so maybe I'll look into it a bit and find it's already done.
In the meantime, I think you should know, those minutes and agendas are worth reading. If you want to be on the list to receive the emails, just contact the clerk's office at city hall. It's never a bad idea to stay informed of your local government.