On May 29, 2018, at 10 am the Plano City Council had a meeting they are calling a retreat. The agenda stated, "The following will be presented and discussed by City Council: Discussion and Direction regarding City of Plano Vision, Mission, Strategic Plan and Goals, Council Governance, Roles, Interactions, and Responsibilities. Discussions may also include Discussion and Direction of Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget and Long Range Planning vision." Unfortunately, I can't tell you if those things were discussed because this meeting was not televised. I don't know if Plano TV taped the meeting to air on Plano's website at a later time. All I do know is that as of 6/6/2018 Plano TV has not uploaded the meeting. The minutes of the meeting have also not be uploaded.
The Open Meetings Act requires a meeting like this to be open to the public. Since the meeting was on a Tuesday morning, most residents could not attend. The residents have a right to know what was said; therefore, the meeting should have been recorded or held at a time when a majority of residents could attend. The fact that the meeting was not recorded leads me to great suspicion. Why was the meeting not recorded? Is the council trying to hide something? If they are, what are they hiding? Unfortunately, we cannot go back in time and record the meeting. However, we can contact our council members and ask why this retreat was not recorded, and demand all meetings that are open to the public be recorded in the future.
This is Plano's Political Pit Bull Signing off.