Audio Recordings of Village of Monticello Board of Trustees Meetings
Increasing accessibility of public information about government of Monticello, seat of Sullivan County, garden of the Catskills.
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Audio recordings of meetings of the Board of Trustees are predominantly recorded by Trustee Carmen Rue (or occasionally by others during her rare absences). Recordings are posted here for free public access at no cost to the taxpayers as a community service.
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees are held on first and third Tuesdays at 5:30 P.M. in the upstairs Meeting Room at Village Hall, 2 Pleasant Street, Monticello, New York. Special or emergency meetings may be called on short notice by any member of the Board of Trustees in accordance with the board's Rules of Procedure and the NYS Open Meetings Law.
It is now the responsibility of the Village Clerk to regularly post minutes of past meetings of the Board of Trustees, as well as preliminary agendas, to the Village's website at www.villageofmonticello.com. If you need certified copies of meeting minutes or approved resolutions, or if you need minutes that do not appear on the Village's website (as well as concerning minutes of the Planning Board, ZBA, and other local public bodies), please contact Village Clerk Janine Gandy at 846-794-6130, Ext. 305.
In the past, before the Village began a policy of archiving minutes on its own website in 2004, they were available (back to 2000) on archive.carmenrue.com. Those old files may be accessed on archive.org until sometime in the future when they are restored to this site.
Early in this website's existence, carmenrue.com was held up as a model for government openness in the form of online media when the County of Sullivan was considering how to make Legislature proceedings more accessible on its own website. According to the July 8, 2008 edition of The Sullivan County Democrat, former Sullivan County Manager David "Fansalau said another option might lie in Monticello Village Trustee Carmen Rue's actions to broadcast the audio portion of village meetings via her Website, carmenrue.com."
These audio files, dating back to 2008, were previously maintained at archive.carmenrue.com in a content-driven database. That content management system became outdated and the database could not be converted or salvaged. Now, back by popular demand, the raw files are displayed as the contents of a folder using quick and simple htaccess DirectoryIndex in Apache. As time permits, the collection of files will be restored to a prettier interface. They were placed back online in March 2017 after multiple requests by local residents and media outlets.