Brigantine City Manager Ed Stinson & Brigantine Police Chief, Tim Reed were on the digital hot seat this week. Are they unwittingly part of a plan to keep 2nd homeowners in the dark about City Council decisions?
The Brigantine City Council meeting of SEPT 17, 2015 revealed that access for viewing the meetings on-demand…via the Internet… was blocked. Chief Reed & Manager Stinson say it’s a series of ‘glitches’. Upon further review, it looks like Reed did not tell the truth about a simple $20 payment he ‘forgot’ to make.
Chief Tim Reed decided not to save these LEGAL public documents. It’s unknown if those videos (legal public documents) are deleted for good, or if they can be brought back online. WATCH VIDEO >
Allegations leveled at Mayor Guenther and Councilman Simpson. They don’t want second home owners to see what’s up at the monthly council meetings?
The Brigantine Democrats led by Lisa McClay are also getting heat for letting Stinson & Reed blame chronic BB-NJ.com website issues on non-existent mechanical & technical glitches.
McClay; a school teacher, has yet to use her professional reading and writing skills to properly document the continued wrong-doings of Reed, Guenther, Simpson and Sweeney.
Critical issues like ‘The Links’ golf course give-away, public union contracts and faulty accounting systems. These topics never make it to the pages of The Brigantine Times. That’s why access to on-demand video of council meetings is so important.
These council videos are a perfect, accurate documentation of council meetings. Whereas those sparse and summarized meeting minutes OK’ed by City Council are not.
Video of recorded Brigantine City Council meetings are LEGAL PUBLIC DOCUMENTS, admissible in a court of law.
See Poorly Managed Meeting Minutes Here http://www.bb-nj.com/government/council-minutes/
City Manager Stinson admitted ignorance of Council meetings being broadcast & recorded via the Internet. ‘I didn’t know it was being done. I didn’t know the person who was doing it’, shared Stinson.
Police Chief / webmaster Reed mentioned it would cost ‘thousands’ of dollars to fix this chronic problem….of website glitches, botched recording of council meetings, and inability to archive council video for viewing at a later date. Chief Reed is not known for his accuracy on matters like these.
Police Chief/Webmaster Reed was wildly inaccurate in the digital assessment he provided to Council. Instead of “thousands” of dollars to fix the problem as Reed claimed, it would actually only cost about $20 per month to allow for ON DEMAND viewing of City Council meeting videos.
Taxpayers, especially part-time residents, would then be able to view these videos at their convenience…no matter where they live. Reed was also made aware by Ustream (web video company) that he could download copies of the already posted videos, and store them offline, or upload them to platforms like YouTube.
How Brigantine & Police Chief Reed disrupts access to public information.
Brigantine was getting the UStream video service free of charge. Ustream made money by placing advertisements into the video clips. You can learn more about the $20. on-demand video service that Brigantine could be using if Chief Reed & City Manager Stinson were serious about this issue…… http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/17/ustream-enterprise/
Many on City Council claimed to not be aware that Police Lieutenant (now Chief) Reed was once actively managing a non-approved social media effort and business directory on the official BB-NJ.com city website. While a business directory is not a bad thing, it becomes problematic when a high ranking city official is picking winners & losers by either promoting certain businesses, or ignoring certain local businesses.
After 18 months, the BB-NJ business directory was finally taken down in 2014 after growing complaints from local business owners and the Brigantine Chamber of Commerce.
See other CHIEF REED Internet Problems Here>
BB-NJ Digital Security Audit > WATCH VIDEO:
Exec Session Notes >
New contract Golf Course, Moving toward non-profit .
Meeting minutes not posted for 2015. They seem to have been recently removed from the site
It typically takes 5-7 months for meeting minuted to be posted. In other SJ towns, it only takes an average of 30 days for minutes to be posted.