Upson County resident Reginald Smith asked Mayor J.D. Stallings and members of Thomaston City Council last week to consider returning to live broadcast of the city’s public meetings.
During public comments, Smith reminded council members they are “making decisions that affect citizens of Thomaston, and [taxpayers] have a right to be informed.”
The city, along with Upson County, began livestreaming meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. When health-related restrictions were loosened, council voted to suspend live broadcasts on YouTube. County commissioners continue to broadcast board meetings and planning commission meetings live on YouTube.
“I have yet to hear a reason why council and staff chose to stop broadcasting,” Smith said, “not one reason why you needed to stop.”
Smith said he has attempted to contact several council members, some of whom were receptive to his concerns and some who did not respond.
“What I’m asking is for you to make it easier on the citizens who want to be informed,” he requested. “As of now, all we have is the media to tell us [what action the board is taking].”
Smith said the city should not only broadcast regular council meetings twice monthly, but also should livestream other city committee public meetings. He added that council should “make it easier” for residents to participate in public comments, rather than requiring “three-day, advance signup.”
The city council and county commission share a meeting room at the government complex which is wired to accommodate video and audio live transmission.
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