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Posted Friday, June 3, 2011
Pittsboro, NC - If you want to catch up on happenings at a meeting of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, the county is offering a way to view meeting videos a few days after the meetings online. At this time, the May 16 meeting and the two public hearings on the budget are available for viewing.
Chairman Brian Bock said, “This new service is another way of trying to have more open government and bringing the proceedings to residents who may not be able to attend a meeting, but are interested in issues on the agenda.”
“We are still in the early stages of getting the videos in the shape they need to be,” said Debra Henzey, director of community relations. “We have to work on the lighting and make some sound adjustments over the next few meetings.”
Henzey noted that some technical issues also have to be worked out so that longer meetings can be prepared for upload and posting. “We have some equipment on order to help with this. We were not able to videotape the budget work session on June 1 due to related technical issues.”
The county also is doing a test to run the meeting videos on the county’s Time Warner Cable government access channel, which is channel 18 in most of the area that Time Warner serves in the county. “We again may have issues posting longer meetings, but we currently are testing the May 16 meeting on the channel. Tune in at 6 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.”
Henzey said that the Time Warner channel was out several days after a storm last week impacted the equipment but should be up and running normally soon.
The longer term plan for later this year is to upload the meeting videos so that they are indexed by agenda topic, but this will involve new software that has not yet been selected. The county also is working with Charter Cable to feed the channel’s programming to Siler City area cable subscribers.
“This was not possible in the past, so we are pleased to be able to reach this part of the county,” Henzey said. “We will announce the channel when it is up and running.”
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