The city government website tells us that citizens can follow the city council meetings on Twitter. Midlandtexas.gov, shows a news release, as follows:
City Council Meetings Now Available by Tweet
Residents can find the agenda online at the city website, then follow along with public comment, council motions, and city actions with the click of a mouse. Read More.
[The "Read More" link was 404 last I checked.]
The City of Midland will not respond via Twitter to press inquiries or other citizen matters. While we hope you will follow us on Twitter, we are unable to respond to questions on Twitter.
Anyway, it's a good first step. Ideally the city council meetings would be video recorded and broadcast on Tall City TV, the city's very own TV channel. This blogger has asked the city council to do that on two separate occasions, most recently on 8/17/2010, but the timing was bad. The suggestion was that they could use volunteers to operate city owned cameras and get the results without spending a dime. Unfortunately, the council members that day, while polite on the surface, were unified in a "No soup for you!" frame of mind due to their commitment to raise taxes while facing a room full of citizens imploring them to please not raise taxes.
But now we can follow the council meetings on Twitter. Baby steps. Baby steps.