County to stream meetings

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 13, 2013

In the interest of government transparency, commissioners voted Wednesday to begin streaming live video meeting coverage via the Internet.

The project was introduced by Commissioner Kenneth Northey and designed to allow residents to watch meetings when it works best for them.

“That means they could watch it on their iPad, their iPhone or their home computer or whatever,” Northey said. “It’s designed to make these meetings more accessible.”

Robert and Madison Copeland of Copeland Computer Solutions told commissioners implementing the idea could be done in many ways – including using a wi-fi capable video camera that would allow for real-time viewing on Ustream. The two said residents would view the video by following a link on the county’s website, and the program could be designed to allow for the online video archival of meetings.

Now, commissioners are seeking proposals to make the project a reality. Local computer companies are encouraged to submit a proposal.