It’s time – “For the sake of transparency, former mayoral candidate Tony Dastra livestreams City Council, school board meetings” – Lancaster Online
Definitely, this is an idea that’s right. Lancaster County’s been slow in adopting live streaming of government meetings. Across the nation and the globe, live streaming has been part of some government meetings and websites.
Here’s a comment following the above Lancaster Online article: “The Mayor, every member of City Council, the Superintendent and every member of the School Board should be EMBARASSED (sic) that this responsibility falls on this kid (no offense intended) to livestream meetings to inform the public at large and provide accessibility to those who can’t get to these meetings. This is totally unacceptable and the same goes for the Lancaster County Commissioners too – I don’t think Tony is there and he should not have to be. What is wrong with you people? What are you hiding from? I don’t have the time to start it and it should not be necessary, but I would gladly donate to a GoFundMe to support Tony’s efforts…he should not bear the entire cost of keeping us informed when our elected ‘leaders’ FAIL to do what should be simple in 2018. Thank you Tony! Stay in their faces, I know they want you to go away but keep fighting for ALL of us!”
LIPNews, too, acknowledges the importance of transparency and the ultra-importance of local news resources: “It is only because of Dastra that we know that city resident Billy Weisser has now twice addressed city council knowledgably about MAW Communications and LanCity Connect and his excellent questions have never been answered and LNP has completely ignored the fact that he spoke and the questions he raised.“
Companies like Town Hall Streams have sprung up “to fit a need in the market place, a simple, low cost and effective solution for towns to stream live and archive meetings.”
The above graphic is from the Kingston, Australia Website. It live streams meetings.
There was a time that a local news resource was chronicling Marietta’s government meetings. That resource, Marietta Speaks, dabbled with video recording, too in this post: http://mariettaspeaks.blogspot.com/2016/02/20162-borough-council-meeting-notes.html
The most recent post at Marietta Speaks is from June, 2016 … the site is no longer updated, it appears. A blog site, operating under google’s Blogger template, the owner of the site is not shown.
We’ve met and spoken with Tony Dastra several times to get a handle on the technology needs for livestreaming meetings onto facebook. Here’s Dastra’s transparency site, his facebook streaming spot, SEE-THRU CITY, LANCASTER, PA.
So a few years ago, we purchased a quality JVC video camera with the intent of livestreaming Columbia Borough’s municipal and school board meetings. Time constraints and uncertainty about “how to” integrate into a facebook site have hindered our intentions.
Livestreaming government meetings remains a back-burner goal for Columbia news, views & reviews … an important goal because the machinations of governance are important and ought to be open to people who just cannot attend the meetings.
Several years ago, a local news resource, ColumbiaPA Online, did video record some council meetings.
We’re still working on the mechanics of the project. If you know someone who is tech-savvy and wants to volunteer to help out with this project, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org