I'm sure a lot of other Cyburbians have to type up the minutes for their various boards and commissions. I think writing verbatim minutes is a task best assigned to stenographers and not planners - better yet why not rely on tapes or other recorded media instead of transcripts for this.
Summary minutes are always fun, though, as you get to decide what to say or not to say for posterity's sake - kinda like instant revisionist history. Moments like "Staff, could you tell the board what the maximum allowable units for a parcel 6.72 acres and with 912 feet of frontage would be? Uuuuuh, ummm lemme see, uuuh it looks like it would be around uh 50 or so apartment units, um, oh wait they've got two adjacent lots....let's see, that would be uh 57?" becomes: "The chair inquired of staff what the maximum allowable units for a parcel 6.72 acreas and with 912 feet of frontage would be. Staff responded 57."
Someone reading the report 10 years later will no doubt look in awe upon staff's quiet efficiency in having those answers right at their fingertips.
What's really funny is reverse engineering citizens' comments. 20 minute long profanity laced redneck tirades filled with veiled threats, analogies comparing city practices to 1930's Germany and railing against the evils of 'guvmint' translate into "Mr. Smith of 123 Main street stated he was in opposition to the plan as it did not adquately take into account neighboring residents needs."
Anyone else have this pleasant task?