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City Commits to Transparency with Purchase of New Program

Edgewood City Administrator Brian Dehner and Senior Deputy Clerk Belinda Nitschke gave city council an overview of a program called "Open Gov", a program that promotes financial transparency. The program is in use all over the country, and the treasurer of the state of Ohio purchased the program and made it available to every community there.

In Kentucky, Edgewood is the first city to buy in, although Boone County and Lexington are both looking at it seriously. Dehner said the city has been working with the program for about three months, and that his goal is not only to put financials online so that the public and the various departments can almost instantaneously find out what they want to know, but also to show the amount of emergency runs and almost anything else for which the program tracks data.

"You can find comparison data on any other city around the country, and narrow it down to cities that are very close to your own city," he explained. "The program cost $4000, but transparency is a major issue and as communities change, I think they will all adopt this program."

Mayor John Link agreed. "Sooner or later, it's got to be done," he said.

Council listened to the first reading of an ordinance that would repeal an ordinance from 1992 and onward about personnel policies which filled a binder with policy papers. It was explained that because of various circumstances, personnel policies become outdated and/or irrelevant, so the new ordinance will repeal the old ordinance, and as soon as the new ordinance is passed, future personnel policies will be governed by municipal orders. No action was taken on the first reading.

Mayor Link commented on the Edgewood and Lyndale road project, saying it was on schedule. He also mentioned that people were asking if they could take down some of the road closed signs, but said that the signs will stay up until the project is finished.

It was announced that the annual tree lighting at the Senior Center will take place November 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and that letters to Santa can be dropped off at the city building from November 23 to December 9.

-Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo: Brian Dehner gives his presentation on Monday (RCN)