Residents will be able to keep up with the Danville Town Council, even if they are unable to attend a Tuesday night meeting.
The Council and town officials decided to move forward with video recording and web streaming of Town Council meetings following a study session discussion, Assistant to the Town Manager Nat Rojanasathira said. A capital project, audio-visual projection upgrades to the town meeting hall at 201 Front Street should be completed by the end of 2013.
The project is estimated to cost $248,800 with $8,500 a year in ongoing costs and will be funded through the town's public access, education or governmental fee. Upgrades include four additional monitors to hang from beams in the building, which would allow attendees to better see presentations; the addition of video displays for staff and speakers at the dais; along with two operation consoles for staff and the lectern.
Although the webstream of Council meetings will not be live, Rojanasathira said the town will have video up within 24 to 48 hours of the meeting. Video will be shot from a single camera view.
"To make things easier and more accessible to the public, you can go to specific agenda items and be taken to that part of the meeting," he noted.
Upgrades to the meeting hall's AV system should be completed by the end of spring with Town Council meetings available to stream by the end of the year. The town will consider televising other meetings such as the Planning Commission in 2014.
Town Council meetings are held are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the town meeting hall, unless otherwise stated.