Members of the Edmonds City Council will be present Monday afternoon when the Washington State Auditor’s Office holds its Entrance Conference, which marks the beginning of the City of Edmonds audit for fiscal year 2010. The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 in the Fourtner Room, third floor of Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N.
At the Entrance Conference, representatives from the State Auditor’s Office will discuss the pending 2010 audit and any areas of concern from city officials or councilmembers. The auditor’s office will also discuss the timing and cost of the audit.
This is good. Its a strong example of transparency under the current Cooper administration; something that did not occur under the the secret (aka private) meetings of this type under our former mayor.
The meetings with the auditors have always been open to the public. The public today was me and Harry Gatjens.
I seriously doubt that these kind of meetings were publicized at all in the past even if a person would be allowed to attend if they happened to stumble upon it.
And it also sounds similiar to the incident when Roger Hertrich came upon on a semi-public meeting but was told by CM Wilson that he not welcome to attend because it was a “private” meeting in a public buildimg in which only certain select citizens approved by himself were allowed to attend.
And when Wilson was challenged on his “secret” meeting policy, he replied “private” is not “secret”. Of course, you may remember that you agreed with Wilson that those two words are not synonyms. And you were both wrong.
When an elected official holds a city sponsored meeting on city property the public should normally be allowed to attend with a few exceptions such as executive seesions, courts, etc.
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