Ferndale Launches New Agenda Managment Program

May 13, 2019

Have you found yourself searching for City Council agendas and minutes? Overwhelmed trying to find older or archived Board meeting minutes?

The City of Ferndale is excited to announce the launch of anew user-friendly agenda management program, Granicus, meant to provide a faster and easier experience for accessing important Council, Boards, and Commissions meeting information.

Granicus will replace iCompass, the system that currently houses the City’s meeting agendas, minutes, and links to live and past video.The new system will allow for timely online posting of meeting agendas and minutes—saving time, money, and paper while also streamlining the City’s workflow.

In keeping with the City’s strategic plan, each agenda item will now be categorized under one of seven Critical Success Factors, which will help to track the City’s forward progress.

The new application will also provide multiple benefits to residents. An overall cleaner, more simplified interface will allow for greater ease of use and navigation while a robust search feature will allow users to easily find online archives.

You will still be able to access video streaming of live meetings through a link to YouTube, where old videos will also be available.Additionally, it is expected that Granicus will eliminate some of the recent streaming issues—creating a better viewing experience for everyone.

One of the most exciting new features is the ability for all City boards and commissions, such as the Planning Commission, Ferndale Environmental and Sustainability Commission, and Parks and Rec Advisory Committee, to share and archive their meeting minutes, allowing for greater transparency with the public. We’ve heard from residents with the desire to be better informed about discussions and decision-making at the committee-level,and we believe this will deliver a solution.

Granicus is scheduled to go live for City Council agendas and minutes on Monday, May 13. It is expected that all boards and commissions will be utilizing the software by the end of summer.

If you have questions, please contact City Clerk Marne McGrath at mmcgrath@ferndalemi.gov or 248-546-2381.

POST WRITTEN BY

Lindsey Gunsorek

Communications Specialist