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Resident to Borough: Stop the Censorship

Video of the borough council's contentious July 10 meeting wasn't posted to the website, the man complained.

When it comes to public perception, this much is clear: Phoenixville has a transparency problem.

At last week’s borough council meeting, resident Bill McGinley groused that the council’s July meeting wasn’t posted online and accused the borough of censorship.

It was during that July 10 meeting McGinley referenced—which is still absent from the borough’s website six weeks after it was held—that the council’s failure to agree on a replacement for outgoing Middle Ward representative Kyle Guie .

It was the first time since at least October of 2010 that the borough didn’t post video of a meeting to its website; which is as far back as the records go.

Solicitor Andrew D.H. Rau told McGinley that the video wasn’t added to the site because, according to The Phoenix, during that meeting “a question was asked that could have led to litigation.” He added that the borough is under no legal obligation to post video of its meetings; all the law requires of it is that it post the minutes.

The video of the August 14 meeting is also yet to be posted online.

Ed Roper August 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Could they not simply just edit out the one legally questionable section, and post the rest? Borough citizens should be able to know how tactful, or tactless, their representatives can be.
Mike Brango August 21, 2012 at 02:05 PM
If you want to know what is going on..All meetings are open to the public. Make the time to attend and participate.
Ed Roper August 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM
There are 16,000 residents in the borough. Not everybody can attend.
Mike Brango August 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I agree Ed..However the usual 10-20 of the 16 thousand is sad..
Michael Hill August 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I agree they should edit the recording to remove the questionable content. I think the real reason they are not televising the tape is because Richard Kirkner made a fool out of himself and instigated a battle that he could not win. He in his usual manner was upset because he could not have who he deemed the best candidate. He continuously votes based on his own viewpoint and not how his continuants wish him to vote. Meanwhile he lets his own ward rot. Let me correct that, he lets the section of his own ward that he tries to forget about rot. Aren’t Council votes meant to represent the people, and not to vote friends into office? I think someone who has been fired from the Borough has no place in Council and I think most would agree. Or let the people decide by a vote. I don’t think it’s about transparency I think it’s pure ego. We need to replace Richard Kirker in the next election. His voting history is based on his own viewpoint and not the public’s best interest.
. August 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
There are a few ignorant Phoenixville lifers sitting on the Borough Council that have really held the town back. Sadly, this is the way it has always been in Phoenixville. The pathetic thing is these losers are nearly always elected in off cycles with a few hundred votes. If people would just show up on election day, we could throw the bums out and get some new blood.
. August 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Speaking of ignorant Phoenixville lifers sitting on the Borough Council....Richard Kirkner is the poster boy of what is WRONG with the good old boy network that is still running this town.
Ike August 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
What lifers? Who? You must not have live in town for long to say that . There is two who lived here more than ten years. And Leo. I really think if you think yall can do a better job than run for office . Oh yall might had allreally and didnt cut the mustard,=LOSTED
Goddess November 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
If there is some video section that the Borough doesn't want viewed, it should be replaced with a simple text graphic indicating such -- the video should not be cut.

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