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Mayor Tommy Battle unveils unprecedented policies for open, honest government
Mayor pledges more transparency and interaction coming to City Hall

HUNTSVILLE, AL (June 19, 2009) - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle today pledged to bring even more transparency to city government. In a press conference held at Huntsville City Hall, Mayor Battle announced five specific projects meant to highlight and promote transparency in government.

"One of the most important things that our administration focuses on is open, honest government," said Mayor Battle. "We've made a commitment to shining more light on City Hall and having transparency wherever possible."

The five new features announced include:
NEW VIRTUAL TOWN HALL FEATURE ON WEBSITE
Huntsville residents will now be able to interact with their government via an online town hall forum. Residents who post are required to sign with their real name and zip code - and all posts are held for review. No obscenity, vulgarity or personal insults will be tolerated.

The "Town Hall" function is available at hsvcity.com/townhall/

BOARD MEETING INFORMATION
The City of Huntsville will create a city board information hub where board meeting dates, times and locations will be presented. This function will be available by the 1st of July at hsvcity.com/boards/

TELEVISED BOARD MEETINGS
Starting with the Huntsville Planning Commission, more and more board meetings will be televised and broadcast at scheduled times.

REPLAY OF CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Huntsville City Council meetings will be replayed on Thursdays at 6:00PM when there is no live broadcast.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
HUNTSVILLE ONE (Channel 16 and 42) will air segments that highlight various projects of the City of Huntsville. The first of those is the Downtown Parking Garage. Other projects will include the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Church Street Bridge Project, and the Downtown Courthouse Square.

Mayor Battle went on to announce that the Huntsville Housing Authority had contacted him about the possibility of televising their board meetings on the Huntsville Government Access Channel. Discussions are ongoing with the Huntsville Housing Authority pending review by their board of directors.

The initiatives are all being done with no cost to taxpayers and Mayor Battle pledged that transparency would be an ongoing theme in his administration.

"Our commitment to open, honest government doesn't begin or end with this press conference - it will be a continuous process - but we are serious in our commitment," concluded Battle.

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