"I think this is the right thing to do," said McGraw about supporting OSM. "I know there has been a lot of conversation about the cost and what we are getting, and I think this is an example of you've got to be in it in order to make it better."
McGraw also noted the $30,000 set aside in the budget to purchase equipment for town so residents can enjoy better recordings of the meeting. Before the meeting, Landry pointed to the camera room, which is currently not being used, at the back of the boardroom where the controls will be located. The town would also be able to take advantage of services offered by OSM to set up and implement the new equipment properly.
"I think the $5,000 we will get back just in the technical assistance in setting up this room," said McGraw.
Councilwoman Julie McDonnell noted meetings would be available to view online and allow residents more opportunities to view the recordings at their own convenience.
"There is an expectation these days that folks will be able to view things instantly, and I think that bringing that access and not just picking a time and have those meetings and programming viewed on the users convince, again, for this price I think is very worthwhile," said McDonnell.""