Audio recordings will be available for the public in Harrison Hot Springs, following an approval to a bylaw amendment earlier this month.
There are still numerous steps before the recordings will be available.
Council voted all in favour of providing the audio recording to the public, for a fee. The cost of each recording will be decided at a later date, by council. It is not yet known when the bylaw will be ready, and recordings will be available.
Council members stated that in Chilliwack and in other areas, council meetings are recorded and aired on public television stations, such as Shaw. Audio recording are also available from the Legislature, the House of Commons and the Supreme Court of Canada.
“We’ve fallen behind the times,” said Councilor Zoltan Kiss. “It’s something they’re asking for and it’s time to give it to them.”
Audio recordings are already made of the council meetings, for the sole purpose of recording accurate minutes. A handful of members of the public who have attended council meetings over the past few years have asked at various times that a verbatim question and answer period be added to the minutes for review.
Currently, Harrison Hot Springs minutes do not reflect the discussions that happen during the question and answer period.