To the Editor-
Do you know what your village board is up to?
As resident of the Village of Whiting, I fully agree that the business of the village should be readily available to all citizens.
Because of proposed legislation that would allow local municipalities to post meeting notices and minutes on their websites and not be required to submit them to local newspapers, the Stevens Point Journal has been putting self-serving adds on most pages of the paper and printing editorials objecting to this legislation.
I know the Village of Whiting and I’m sure the other local municipalities always send meeting information to all three local papers as required. However, it is a waste of time and effort for the Village of Whiting because these notices never appear in any of these publications. The only way our residents can be informed is through the village website or to visit the village hall bulletin board.
Why should a municipality be required to submit these notices to the newspapers when they are not regularly printed? It seems the only time the newspapers are interested is when there is a subject they feel will sell newspapers.
Whiting Village Trustee
Editor’s Note: The Stevens Point Journal is paid to publish these notices because it is the Newspaper of Record for the Village of Whiting. The City Times is not paid to publish these notices, and while we don’t publish them all, we do publish them as time and space allows. The City Times is also the only media outlet to cover the village on any regular basis.
Whiting Clerk Debi Lutz, along with every municipal clerk, is only required to submit notices to its Newspaper of Record; not to all three newspapers in the county as Mr. Taugner claims. However, as a courtesy Ms. Lutz does send the City Times most notices.
The City Times is not eligible to be a Newspaper of Record because we do not have a paid subscription base; a requirement under state law before any newspaper can bid to become a municipality’s Newspaper of Record.
Finally, the City Times does not sell newspapers. Our website and print publications are 100 percent free of charge.
The City Times office did address the inaccuracies of Mr. Taugner’s letter with him, but he declined to make changes.