UPDATE 9/7/2013: Someone evidently went down and paid for the two DVDs because the two council meetings in August have been uploaded to YouTube.com/TransparentLocalGov.
Since coming into office in April, Angela Pearson has been posting each city council meeting to YouTube. But that comes as no surprise, Pearson’s entire campaign was a call for transparency and accessibility. Having past council meetings available is a valuable resource for those who cannot attend the meeting as well as for those who do not have City Cable’s television service. According to Pearson, she would pick up the video two days after each meeting and then have it uploaded to YouTube.com.
But on Monday (Aug 26), Pearson posted on her Facebook page that she could no longer post videos of the City Council meetings because the City Manager, Doug Bagby, said he was going to start charging her $15 per video.
This is crazy. The city spends hundreds of dollars each city council meeting to air it live on City Cable. What in the world could be the problem in having staff copy the file to a DVD so a council member could upload to YouTube?
Pearson also posted the actual email she received from Bagby. In the email Bagby claimed, “I have been asked by council to recover our cost just as we would if any citizen requested a copy.”
First of all, Pearson is not just “any citizen” but a duly-elected representative of the City of Poplar Bluff and Bagby’s co-boss.
I could not think of anything on the agenda or discussion during the previous public meeting which would give Bagby the right to say that he’d been “asked by council.” And it certainly couldn’t have been discussed in the closed session because that type of information or decision is forbidden from closed session by the Missouri Sunshine Laws.
To find out more, I sent a sunshine request to the clerk’s office which included the following two requests as they pertained to Bagby’s email:
agenda from the meeting where the decision was made since Mr. Bagby states he was “asked by Council” to charge for the videos.
vote of the council’s decision regarding charging Angela Pearson “as if any citizen” made the request.
I received a response from the Deputy City Clerk, Lori Phelps. She stated “We have nothing available for [those two] items”.
This is priceless: Bagby not only gets caught trumping up phantom council decisions, he does so within 5 days of being on KFVS-TV saying: I don’t make these decisions, [council] does.
Am I the only one that thinks he’s got egg on his face?
After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called PBMO.net and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as SEMO.net. In July 2014, Becker again made a major pivot and became Publisher of the SEMO TIMES: a weekly print and daily online news and entertainment source for the region.
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 Nov 1 Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm Sat hours will be 4pm - 6pm Kid Friendly (no [...]
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm
Sat hours will be 4pm – 6pm Kid Friendly (no monsters)
Sat Hours will be 6pm – 11:30pm
Sun hours will be 6pm – 10pm
Tickets will be:
$10 per person for adults (non-discounted)
$8 per person for adults (discounted)
$5 per child 10 and under (non-discounted)
Presented by Kiwanis Club – Poplar Bluff MO and Kiwanis network of school aged children enrolled in Key Club, Builders Club, K Club and other eager volunteers – ALL hoping to survive the nightmares of Kinyon School. Poplar Bluff is coming at you in full force with the science, the urban legends, the slight of hand and of course monsters of all shapes and sizes.
Come join us for a month of weekends filled with ever-changing Spookiliciousness. And we do mean ever changing. Come one week and have fun. Come the next week, get your mind blown by how different it is now. Come another time and you’ll start to doubt your own ability to remember what is real and what isn’t. This school doesn’t teach anything anymore. ITS LEARNING FROM YOUR FEAR AND ITS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT SHOWING YOU WHAT SCARES YOU MOST!
If you’re in school and want to participate – you must be a registered member of one of the Kiwanis groups this fall through the The Boys & Girls Club of Poplar Bluff called The Builders Club and K-Kids. High School students must be a member of Key Club. There will be lots of opportunities to be mentored as we build and design and promote this huge event opening the first weekend in October.
Watch for casting calls this summer for key players in the Haunted scenes. Lots of great ideas and warped “out of the box” thinking going on these days. We are all starting to feel a little mutant.
We’ll stay in touch. Even when you don’t know we’re there, heh heh – we’ll be there – silent but deadly!
October 4 (Saturday) 7:00 pm - November 1 (Saturday) 10:00 pm
Kinyon Kinyon School
910 Vine St, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Kiwanis Club - Poplar Bluff MO
The Grotto Presents:
The Haunted Grotto
October 24th thru 31st nightly open at 7pm.
Rain or Shine
3102 Kennedy Lane
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
24 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 31 (Friday) 10:00 pm
3102 Kennedy Lane Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
As always admission is free to the public. Some of the things we have in the works are; A Costume Contest for children 12 years old and under, [...]
As always admission is free to the public. Some of the things we have in the works are; A Costume Contest for children 12 years old and under, A Grilled Cheese Cook Off! Live Entertainment, Games, and a Craft Area for the kids, Pony Rides, Bounce House, Yummy Foods, Vendor Booths (with all kinds of awesome things), Fire Safety House, and so much more! We will be adding as we go! Make plans to come out and have a ton of fun
(Saturday) 9:00 am
Historic Train Station
400 S Main St, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Come join us for a ghostly fun time! Candy drop, haunted hayride, trunk or treat, haunted museum, haunted homestead, food, games, contests, vendors and more. Come help make this the [...]
Come join us for a ghostly fun time! Candy drop, haunted hayride, trunk or treat, haunted museum, haunted homestead, food, games, contests, vendors and more. Come help make this the best yet! To get involved, become a vendor, become an attraction call 996-7481
(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Doniphan Neighborhood Assistance Program