Out City Council meets 3 times / month from 6-9 pm on Tuesday nights. That time schedule has usually been good for our scouts.
The meeting is not recorded or televised, so that has never been an option. I would be inclined toward having the boys attend in person.
joat - I would definately not count reading about the meeting in the newspaper. The newpaper is only likely to print the highlights, and will most likely print only one side of the arguments. The official minutes of the meeting, or a complete transcription may give enough detail (without the human interraction part), but I would still lean toward having them actually attend.
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