The City of Clarksburg has announced that it will implement video recording of City Council meetings. The City began recording their meetings on December 1, 2016.
Recording of the meetings can be viewed from the City’s website at www.cityofclarksburgwv.com (City Hall – Agenda, Minutes & Videos) or by visiting https.//goo.gl/FPXFzW.
Council authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Illumedia, LLC through March 2, 2017.
Over the past year, Mayor Goings initiated several sub-committees to meet and discuss various ways to continue the City’s philosophy of open government.
Mayor Goings stated, “The City has always made information available to the public via the City’s website and by other means. By recently implementing the video recording of the City Council meetings and having these recordings available within 24 hours of the meeting is just another way of showing the City’s commitment to provide access for the public.
City Council meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7 p.m. to conduct the City’s business. Council also meets at 6:30 p.m. in a work session to review the agenda. Both meetings are open to the public.
City Manager Martin Howe stated, “The City is very transparent and offers a wealth of information and documents to the public on-line. This recent addition of the City Council meetings is just another way to provide access to the public.”
The City is also currently working with Time Warner Cable to have the council meetings aired on Channel 18, Public Access Channel.
Clarksburg has also implemented a Citizen Problem Reporter Mobile Application that allows citizens to submit non-emergency problems such as abandoned vehicles, blight, trash and potholes in their community from a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. The intuitive program can be downloaded free of charge by going to http://citizen.cityofclarksburgwv.com/. The Citizen Problem Reporter allows for 24/7 access to City departments.
Over the past year, Mayor Goings executed several committees to spearhead transparency and ease of open government for its citizens.
Mayor Catherine Goings stated, “This committee did an exceptional job working towards a solution that allows accessibility to the public and that is also affordable to the City.”
This, along with Clarksburg’s recently launched City Council YouTube Channel broadcast, allows citizens to be actively engaged in their community.
The City encourages residents to be involved within their community by utilizing the application, the City website, attending City Council meetings and following on the City’s social media pages.