A measure to broadcast the Little Falls City Council’s work sessions and public forum was voted down at Monday’s meeting.
City Administrator Jon Radermacher said the Council has discussed this topic several times based on requests from a member of the public and a decision should be made.
Radermacher made no recommendation as to what the Council should decide.
Mayor Greg Zylka said neither the county or school district broadcasts their work sessions despite having the capability to do so and he feels neither the truth or positive things about the community are always spoken at the public forums.
“In the interest of the betterment of the community and the attitude of the community, I would not support that (airing public forum),” Zylka said.
Councilman James Storlie pointed to a poll in The Morrison County Record, which he said showed a vast majority of respondents supported broadcasting the sessions.
“If that’s not a message from the public, I don’t know what is,” Storlie said.
Alderman Brad Hircock said a poll may have some weight if it was scientific, but a person could vote more than once on the Record’s poll.
Zylka said there was no guarantee the people were of voting age or even residents of the city.
Storlie and Councilman Leif Hanson voted for airing the work session, while Hircock, Zylka and Council members Raquel Lundberg, Wayne Liljegren, Frank Gosiak and Jerry Knafla voted no.