Surprise: Worcester gets open government award

It’s not often Worcester government gets congratulated for its openness.

But Worcester – along with ‘only’ 48 other communities of the 351 in the Commonwealth – just received Common Cause Massachusetts’ “e-Government Award with Distinction.”

The award is given to communities that “post their governing body’s agenda and minutes, budget information, general by-laws, and–if applicable–their town meeting warrant and results…as well as provide archived governing board agenda and minutes, zoning by-laws, school committee agendas and minutes, agendas and minutes for an additional board or committee, and a calendar with all public meetings.”

Other communities in the area to get the Distinction award include Gardner, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, and West Bolyston.

Getting the “regular” e-Government Award are 117 towns including: Charlton, Dudley, Fitchburg, Holden, Leominster, Millbury and Paxton.

Now…the first person to link to all of that “stuff” on the Worcester website and post it in the comments wins. Prize TBD.

Sad note: There are still 234 municipalities not even getting the basics right.

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6 responses to “Surprise: Worcester gets open government award

  1. Hey I got one today too.
    They were handing them out on the Pike toll booths.
    Some guy in drag – a Miss Liberty costume.

    The Pike is a strange place to travel nowadays.

    Heck, Massachusetts is a strange place to live!

  2. Joe

    governing body’s agenda and minutes
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/cgi-bin/cco/calendars.cgi

    budget information
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/cmo/budget_central.htm
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/reports.htm

    general by-laws
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/cco/clerk/ordinances.htm

    if applicable–their town meeting warrant and results…
    ?????

    archived governing board agenda and minutes
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/cgi-bin/cco/calendars.cgi

    zoning by-laws
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/cco/clerk/ordinances.htm

    school committee agendas and minutes
    http: //www.wpsweb.com/administration/schoolcomm/agenda.asp
    http: //www.wpsweb.com/administration/schoolcomm/actionsheet.asp

    agendas and minutes for an additional board or committee
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/cgi-bin/dev/agendas.cgi

    and a calendar with all public meetings
    http: //www.ci.worcester.ma.us/tekasp/calendar/default.asp

    does that cover it?

  3. Big Asshole

    hey, who is funding WCCA, CHARTER or the City?

  4. You can’t link to the School Committee meeting minutes; they aren’t online.
    (and the subcommittee agendas just went up a few weeks back…let’s say this is still a work in progress.)

  5. Joe

    Shh, don’t tell anyone- they might take away the award…..

  6. Joe

    So, did I win?

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