CROSSLAKE -- Dick Dietz told Crosslake City Council members Monday that if he were a cynical man, he may think scheduling special meetings was a way to keep the council's folly off the television.
Regular monthly Crosslake meetings are shown on cable television. Special meetings and other committee sessions are not televised.
Dietz, Crosslake, previously requested the special council meetings be videotaped and televised on the local Channel 12.
"The council has seen fit to continue to hold special council meetings when sensitive subjects are to be discussed and not to televise these meetings," Dietz said.
Council member Terry Curtis said the city has talked about getting a better system to televise meetings. City Administrator Tom Swenson said the city has $6,600 in the budget now and the question was whether to carry that over for a better system or continue to put Band-Aids on a system that is not doing the job.
There have been complaints about the sound quality.
"Why aren't we taping those (special meetings and planning and zoning) with the quality of equipment we have today?" Curtis said.
Council member Dean Eggena said the issue was not on Monday's agenda. Council member Dean Swanson said since the subject came up during open forum, where residents can address the council, it could be discussed.
Council member Dick Phillips, standing in for Mayor Jay Andolshek, directed staff to pursue more information and return to the council with recommendations.
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