To get good insightful answers, how the question is framed matters. I missed an opportunity on Thursday
The City of Hamilton does not public any sub-committee documents on its website. This is a city practice that is rigidly enforced – even the so-called “Accountability and Transparency Sub-Committee” refuses to publish these public documents.
Instead, the City provides the contact information to request the documents from the Clerk’s office – creating an unnecessary and blatant barrier to access and engagement. This is a direct contradiction of the city’s stated vision statement.
To encourage the City to start posting on the Internet, I’ll request and post every sub-committee agenda to Google Docs.
Friday, I emailed the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk requesting the agendas and all attached documentation. The clerks office quickly responded to my email by providing the agendas in their entirety.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Hamilton Licensing Tribunal Agenda for Monday, April 23, 2012:
(note: clerks have corrected the typo in updated version)
Pan Am Stadium Precinct
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Grants (annual budget mtg)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Open for Business
Note: The agenda is missing the motion for the only item on the agenda. This is not an unusual practice at City Hall that creates a barrier to citizen engagement.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Cleanliness & Security in the Downtown Core
I will be requesting this agenda on Monday.