City Website Update, Part 2

Click here to view the Webcast of the January 14 City Council meeting, and here to see the January 14 meeting agendas, now complete at 208 pages with agenda packet. This is indeed a step forward for government transparency and citizen access.

Other changes:

  • The search engine will now search the whole site by keyword, not just the ordinances as was the case before.
  • Staff will follow Community Enhancement Commission recommendations for making the site more user-friendly.
  • You can now pay your water/sewer/waste pickup bill online–and soon, you’ll be able to pay your parking tickets there too, you scofflaw you.
  • Public Access Cable Channel 14 is now carrying The Illinois Channel, described by some as “the C-SPAN of state government.”
  • Since I happened to visit DeKalb Public Library on Monday I checked for DVDs of the City Council meetings. Some are on the shelves, though none from the past couple months.

    4 thoughts on “City Website Update, Part 2”

    1. Nice. The agenda packets are key to understanding what the council is doing, I could never figure out why these weren’t widely available. As for the Illinois Channel, I had heard about that back in December. Illinois government is certainly entertaining in its own special way. It should keep me from seeing too many 70s disaster films during rain delays anyway.

    2. Yes, just as the manager’s memo is a step up from the minutes, so the rest of the packet contributes to a better understanding. I enjoyed looking at the sketched ideas for the pedestrian thru-way, for example. There’s simply no substitute for that stuff.

      I’m not clear on whether the packet will always be uploaded a day after the agenda is, but if so I can live with it.

      p.s. I am enjoying your travels and photos.

    3. I want to second the thanks for the travel photos on your blog. Another blogger, Road Dog, pointed out the Mother Road/Route 66 pictures on the Father Road/Lincoln Highway blog.

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