EDMORE — Someone in the audience has been recording meetings of the Edmore Village Council.
Council members have decided to do the same.
The council voted 7-0 at their Aug. 12 meeting to start recording audio at their meetings.
Councilman Art Schuitma made the motion, after making another motion to start publicizing council meetings by putting the dates and times on the village office sign.
“Apparently somebody in the audience is recording,” noted President Chet Guild. “I guess we can record too.”
Someone recorded the May 13 village council meeting and provided the recording to The Daily News. A portion of the audio recording was placed online, in which council members and area residents discussed at length and with apparent disdain about how the Maxfield family spends their money.
The Maxfield family has been a topic of debate at recent council meetings due to an outstanding loan that Tony Maxfield and his sister Shari own the Edmore Economic Development Loan Fund.
According to Guild, the current amount owed totals $238,000.
“If the council wants to record, we can record,” said Guild at the Aug. 12 meeting (audio of which was again provided to The Daily News by an audience member). “It’s not a problem. You want to wait and act on it at the next meeting and think on it or do you want to do it now? It means we need to get a recorder.”
Council members decided to act now and start recording meetings. Guild, Schuitema, Ed Adams, Bonnie Ashbaugh, Chuck Burr, Karen Deja and Jerry Rasmussen all voted to approve the motion.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 9.