Minutes of the Public Hearing

Denali Borough Assembly

Tri-Valley Community Center

April 14, 2002


CALL TO ORDER††† Presiding Officer Jerry Mueller called the public hearing to order at 3:00 pm.


ROLL CALL†††††††††††††† Assembly members present were: Sid Michaels, Jim Caswell, Jerry Mueller, Teresa Hall, Gerald Pollock, Carol Shields, Teresa Usibelli, David Talerico and Mayor Gonzales.Assembly member Jim Payne was absent.


1.)   Ordinance 01-07, Version A, an ordinance amending the Denali Borough Code of Ordinances, adding Chapter 22, pertaining to business licenses.


There were no comments.


2.)   Ordinance 02-01, Version A, an ordinance amending the Denali Borough Enabling Code, Title I, Chapter 4, Public Records.


David Braun, Healy resident, said this ordinance was introduced in response to public concern with the way requests for public information are handled, and he feels it doesnít really address the problems.The office policy doesnít allow the public the opportunity to review the tapes before the minutes are adopted.He said he requests that the Assembly change the office policy.He said that it is an unreasonable restriction on the publicís access to public documents.He said he also has a real problem with what is actually included in the public record.He said we believe minutes of certain meetings have been falsified by omitting things that have been said by Assembly members that are relevant to the topics discussed.He said in Cantwell he brought this issue up.Braun said comments made by Mr. Mueller about the positions taken by the School Board, which he thought were untruths.He said another example at the December 21st special meeting:Ms. Nyberg took manual shorthand and Ms. Hoffman took computer shorthand at that meeting and both of those records are gone.He said the only record we have of that meeting are the minutes of that meeting prepared by Ms. Acteson, Borough Clerk, who was not present at the meeting.Braun said there was a great deal said at that meeting that was not in the minutes.He said he thinks this is a means of getting around the publicís right to be informed about what happens at these meetings.He said he thinks this a censorship of what goes on during these meetings, and should stop.


ADJOURNMENT††††† MUELLER declared the Public Hearing adjourned at 3:08 pm.



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