Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday planning meeting results in setting date, time and format of forum

A TELECOMMUNICATIONS BOARD FORUM ON GOVERNANCE OF GOVERNMENT CHANNEL was set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2009, in the council chamber of city hall. The rerun of the Monday, February 23, 2009, planning commission meeting will be delayed until 8:30 p.m., when the Telecom meeting is expected to end. If everything is working, the meeting will also be streamed live on granicus, the official Fayetteville live-video provider at

1. To be televised live with room audience invited to speak and viewers invited to participate with live telephone call-in at 479-575-8299 and live email at
2. The Forum Planning Committee has requested that the program be web-streamed live.
3. The purpose of this forum is to answer a complaint lodged by Jim Bemis.
4. Proposed Forum moderator possibilities from the Mayor’s Transition Team include:
• Walt Eilers
• Michelle Halsell
• Ernestine Gibson
5. Forum participants to be invited and seated at the Council benches include:
• Angie Graves, Telecom Board member
• Fred Cusanelli, Telecom Board member
• Andy Mayes, Telecom Board member
• Marvin Hilton, Telecom Board member
• Aubrey Shepherd, Chairman, Telecom Board, who will open and close the official special board meeting.
• Jim Bemis, Complainant
• Mayor’s staff member to be appointed by the Mayor.
• Member of the Mayor’s Transition Team to be appointed by the Mayor.
6. The City attorney is to be requested to be present during the forum.
7. Questions to be discussed by the Forum:
a. Who will have the administrative responsibility for setting and implementing the Government Channel Policy and Procedure?
b. What is the relationship between the City Council, Telecommunication Board and the City Staff?
c. What is the definition of “policy” and what is the definition of “procedure.” And who sets each?
d. What are the reasons for having issue forums on the Government Channel that are requested by citizens?


libertas said...

The City Attorney has some ideas worth discussing on any forum, I would think. Is there some reason that no Alderman was recommended to participate when some of the questions relate to the Council?

aubunique said...

Actually, we planned to invite a council member but that was omitted from the final report.