For more Information, contact:
Mike Strong, Assistant to the City Manager
For Immediate Release – may 1, 2017
city boards and commissions CHANGES
Beginning June 1, 2017, the Building Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Parks & Recreation Board meetings will no longer be televised. In addition, the format of the Building Review Board and the Parks & Recreation Board meetings will be modified to adopt a “workshop” atmosphere.
As always, the public is invited to attend the meetings. Meeting locations will continue to be listed on agendas and on the City’s website.
According to the City’s 2016 Community-Wide Survey, only 5% of the respondents listed the cable television channel as a major source of where residents get public information. The decision to reduce these live broadcasts will also realize substantial operational financial efficiencies for the City, estimated at $200,000 per year.
“Based on a recent study conducted by Teska Associates, a workshop setting in a public meeting room is more desirable for residents than the formal setting of the City Council Chamber. A workshop invites engaging conversation on the topics at hand,” states City Manager Bob Kiely. He added that “The City of Lake Forest has been studying the issue for several years with other municipalities searching for the benefits of creating a consortium, which has not provided a solution. Surrounding communities are taking or have already taken similar steps to improve transparency and reduce costs.”
Since cable access television was introduced to Lake Forest in the late 1980s, public meetings of these Boards and Commissions have been broadcasted live from the City Hall Council Chamber.
Meetings of the City Council and Plan Commission will continue to be televised and remain at City Hall. Please note that special meetings requiring a broader range of public perspective will continue to be broadcast live in the City Hall Council Chamber, and will be publicized with proper notification. Archived meetings of all boards will continue to be available for viewing on the City’s website.
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