It seems that if more people are involved in local government, then more people would know about the issue. The problem is that people don't have (or want to take) the time to attend a meeting. They might think that local government discussions aren't relevant to them.
As Faye alluded to, meeting minutes are biased representations of what happened at a meeting. Government officials can hide information that is supposed to be public.
One solution is to record public meetings on video and put the video online. You can archive the videos, allowing anyone to research what actually happened when a specific topic was addressed previously.
There's a borough in New Jersey that does this with our solution: http://bit.ly/PomptonLakes
Hopefully this is some help!