Guilderland seeks grant for Web site

Runion said the new video feature would allow meetings to be bulleted and chaptered, so one could watch individual agenda items without viewing the entire meetings.

Town board member Warren Redlich said he has had success with Web sites related to his law firm and blog, and said the town could provide a better Web site while spending less money.

"I'm very focused on the Internet," Redlich said. "I see the value of the Internet."

He said www.GoDaddy.com could host the sites for $5, an address could be purchased for close to $10 and Google video could provide an outlet to broadcast meetings for free.

He said the space is unlimited, unlike Virtual Town Hall, the service that the town is looking at using. Virtual Town Hall can store up to 100 hours of video.

Runion said he is concerned that the free services would make it so that anyone could download the videos and tamper with them. He said Virtual Town Hall does not allow video downloads, only viewings.

"You have to have security and control over the site," Runion said. "At least you know the original hasn't been doctored."

Redlich retorted that an original copy of the meeting could be kept on file.

Also, anyone could record the meetings and post tampered versions on the Internet if they wanted to.

"There's no loss of control if you post it on Google video," Redlich argued.

Redlich said the easiest way to upload videos to the Internet would be achieved by upgrading digital cameras for filming, but he is unsure how much that would cost.

He also said having a Web site where department heads, employees and even residents can add content and blog could be a potential for future upgrades.

Right now several town employees update the site and fill it with content.

That would not change if the grant were accepted.


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