Alderman Baker’s Phone Use During the Council Meeting Was Personal

I was ready to get all congratulatory on Alderman Dave Baker for allowing electronic public input during discussions at the April 8 council meeting, but it turns out the celebratory spirit was premature because the texting was of a personal nature.

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A Freedom of Information Act opinion says that electronic communications made during meetings are public records, but only if they have to do with public business.

Could be Mr. Baker had an actual emergency, in which case I hope everything turned out OK. However, he does this a lot so I’m guessing most days he’s just being rude.

Some municipalities might choose to ban electronic communications during city meetings, but I’m torn. Sometimes it’s better to know without a doubt who the jerks and louts are.