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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Council Recordings Will Be Retained Beyond Recommended Removal Time


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Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) has recommended that boroughs discard digital recordings of meetings immediately following approval of minutes from the meetings. The Borough of West Easton records council meetings on audio only.

My personal concern was that meeting minutes don’t reflect everything that was said at a meeting, giving only a condensed synopsis of the council meetings, which is why I video record meetings. However, my recordings are done as a private citizen for this website and are not “official” recordings for the purpose of borough records keeping.

Most West Easton Council members were of the opinion that questions could arise regarding approved minutes that might want to be re-examined days, or weeks later.

Council voted 5-1 (Lewis dissenting, T. Nodoline absent) to retain the borough’s recordings for 30 days following approval of meeting minutes, rather than immediately discard them. Minutes of meetings are normally approved the month following the meeting taking place.

Disclaimer: Beginning January 4, 2016, the owner of WestEastonPA.com began serving on the West Easton Council following an election. Postings and all content found on this website are the opinions of Matthew A. Dees and may not necessarily represent the opinion of the governing body for The Borough of West Easton.

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