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Fire Protection District Meeting to be Video-Recorded

credit: Plainfield Fire Protection District
credit: Plainfield Fire Protection District

The July 8th Plainfield FPD Board of Trustees meeting will be recorded for public release.

Due in part to a strong response on The Patch to stories this past week involving the Plainfield Fire Protection District someone will be attending tomorrow’s trustee meeting and video-taping it to be made available later on YouTube for all interested residents to see.  This is simple documentation of an open meeting and the plan is to continue with this in coming months.  Think of this as the same activity as the current video-taping done for our park district meetings and library board meetings.

Regular PFPD board of trustee meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6p in the downstairs meeting room of the PFPD Headquarters 23748 West 135th Street (just east of Rt. 59, on north side of street).

The agenda for this meeting looks pretty full and interesting.  The web page for these meetings is here.  


Don Gettys July 08, 2014 at 08:59 AM
They're using actual videotape? What year is this?
Vicky Polito July 08, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Oops--Mr. Gettys that's my mistake. It's me or a friend who will be video-RECORDING, on a little digital camcorder. Sorry--I'm starting to show my many years! I constantly say to someone around the house, "hey, tape that for me, would you?". But, this will be video-recorded and then posted to YouTube as soon as I can get to it. I'll change my post title if I can to be more accurate. Thanks for catching that!
Vicky Polito July 08, 2014 at 09:37 AM
I didn't say anything about anyone leaving a surplus or not. Tinfoil Hat is saying that PFPD either spends up to budget or leaves at least a “nominal amount”, which would be by definition a surplus, albeit a small one. Tax levies are passed by the electorate or they aren’t. Once voters impose a tax on themselves, to pay for anything they feel is worth supporting, why would it be bad or incorrect that a governmental unit uses the money they take in for what it was ear-marked by the public? This isn’t behind anyone’s back, it’s done with voter agreement. The challenge and the honest work comes NOT in spending nothing so that agreement becomes meaningless, it comes in spending well, spending smartly and effectively. (Man, for the days of my youth when “conservatism” meant smart spending to enrich America as a nation instead of no spending to enrich a few people at the expense of the society!) And, I’ve done budgets and while it’s bad to always be wrong in setting figures too low and constantly exceeding your budget, it would also make you lousy at drafting a budget and managing funds if you over-estimated constantly and by large amounts. Budgeting—actually writing a budget—is crafting a spending plan intelligently based on needs and resource analysis. It is NOT just holding your hand out. That’s a false tag.
Don Gettys July 08, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Just a little jab from the guy who spent a decade taping Village Board meetings and lugging around dozens of VHS tapes. I love the newer tech. I have more editing capability on my laptop than Plainfield Community TV had in the 90s. Anyway, great job. I know that this is no small effort.
Vicky Polito July 08, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Oh, Mr. Gettys, I know you weren't being mean and took no offense. I do appreciate the catch, really. I don't like being inaccurate. I am nearly 54 years old and I'm finally, after a handful of years of having a smart phone, actually clicking to the habit of putting the camera/recorder/Face Time options to good and productive use in a few ways. As the joke goes, let's not kid ourselves, THESE are the gold old days . . .

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