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Bethlehem meetings head online

Starting Feb. 22, Town, Planning Zoning boards to be streamed and archived

Bethlehem Town Hall

Bethlehem Town Hall

— “It allows localities to obtain assistance with these types of services from the companies who provide it,” Clarkson said.

Although the equipment was free, the town must pay $3,840 a year, or around $160 per meeting, for the software that allows the streaming and storage of videos, a figure that includes software updates and technical support.

Dammeyer said the new system also helps the library, which no longer has to send someone to tape the meetings using two different cameras and then edit the video together. The old process took days to get the videos available for the public’s viewing on a public access channel. Now the videos will be immediately archived after each meeting.

“It’s an amazing system in my opinion,” said Moquin. “The credit really goes to (Dammeyer) who did the contracts for us and the research. We’re lucky to have him.”

Moquin said the new system is pretty self explanatory and so far there have been no issues.

Officials said the new system will ultimately help the town save money and provide information more quickly to the public, Clarkson stressed he and other Town Board members still would like to see residents at the meetings.

“Public discussion is an important part of local government,” he said.

Dammeyer will give a presentation on the new system at the Feb.22 Town Board meeting. At all future meetings, the system will be run by the Town Clerk’s office.

To see the new system visit:

http://bethlehemtownny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

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