What’s going to happen to Media, PA News?
Your faithful author here, Kent Davidson, now Media Borough Councilman.
In all honesty, when I started Media, PA News, I would have never predicted that a mere 18 months later, I would be on the other side of the table.
First off, I would like to publicly thank everyone who voted in the last election, and who have placed their trust in me to represent your interests in Media. I am truly flattered to be elected and I plan on serving the best interests of all residents as best I can. My door always remains open to anyone in Media, or even nearby. My contact information can be found here.
I have toiled over the past few months after our election victory about what to do with this site. I reported on November’s meeting, but did not cover December’s legislative meeting – sorry about that. It has been a whirlwind of activity and with the holidays and some personal stuff, it’s been a busy time for me.
Now, of course, this evening, I am now “officially official,” and now face what to do with Media, PA News.
First off, the good news is that the basic principles behind my writing on this site as well as what we campaigned for will stand, and I’m happy to say that from what I can tell the majority of council is in favor of keeping an open, transparent government.
Secondly, I plan on continuing to write and cover what’s going on in Media as best I can, with the obvious caveat that as a member of council, what I write about council will be my own opinion, and not representing the council as a whole at all.
I will continue to report on votes, but of course, the full, legal version of those votes will be reported on the Media Borough website, typically 30 to 60 days after the fact. (I would like to make this sooner … of course.)
In terms of what I’m working on with Council, one of my goals is to make this site in some ways, more obsolete – that is, working with the Technology Committee to make the meetings more accessible (e.g. internet streaming, perhaps … or at least a digital archive … details to follow) as well as making government more accessible to all residents.
Finally, the good news is that I think as a group we now have a council which will work together extremely well.
So, what can you expect? To start, I will be writing more in the first person – in the past when I wasn’t as embroiled in the month-to-month it felt more appropriate to cover things in the third-person voice.
Of course, that led to my somewhat awkward disclosure every time my name came up that I was the author of the site.
For now, I think because of where I sit the change in style would be appropriate so the author is clear.
I will continue to cover what my impression is about what’s going on, and if you hear about news in town, about events going on, about anything, really, let me know. I have been fortunate to hear from many neighbors since I started this and I appreciate any comment or criticism I hear.
For now, I’ll cover what happened at tonight’s meeting.