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City Council To Soon Be More Accessible To The Public

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The City Council will soon be more accessible to the public, one result of a number of votes that the chamber held Thursday.

Public access to government meetings will improve by requiring that many public meetings be webcast.

All of the meetings will be video recorded, archived, and posted on a government website.

Community boards and local education committees are exempt from the requirement.

The Council also voted on four pieces of legislation drafted in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

One bill will require residential buildings to supply drinking water in a common area in the event that electric pumps stop working.

Finally, the Council approved legislation requiring all new smoke alarms to have a battery that lasts at least 10 years that cannot be removed.

The alarm will let out a noise when the battery is dying.

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