By Matt Lasley firstname.lastname@example.org
March 29, 2014
The City of Leitchfield is currently exploring methods of broadcasting its meetings on the local cable station to allow more citizens the opportunity to see goings-on within their government.
The City Council hopes that by doing this, more citizens will become involved in government activities.
City Officials met with Kelly Harmon, a sales executive from Trinity Video Communications (TVC), on Thursday, March 27 to discuss options for a higher quality video recording system.
According to Leitchfield City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson, who attended Thursday’s meeting, Leitchfield is looking to record and broadcast all of its City meetings, including those of the City Council, and the Tourism, Utilities, and Planning Commissions.
“We want to be transparent,” Stevenson said.
Harmon said TVC prepared a similar system to what Leitchfield is looking for the City of Richmond in 2013.
TVC upgraded Richmond’s recording system to digital, which offers better quality video and the capability of streaming the videos online, Harmon said.
According to Harmon, most City Council and Fiscal Court have a minimum of three cameras: two for recording the City Council and one for recording the audience. Richmond installed three cameras, and Harmon said that would likely be an appropriate number for Leitchfield, as well.
City Officials will have the capability to set a fixed schedule with the TVC-installed system, which Harmon said will likely consist of Lantronix products, to have the system automatically record and broadcast meetings per the specifications of the City.
The schedule can also be programmed to automatically air specific programming when City meetings aren’t playing, Harmon said.
Additionally, the City would also be able to upload videos that aren’t recorded by the TVC system, such as video recorded at Tourism-sponsored events like the Freedom and Fiddling Festival, to broadcast on TV and online.
“There’s a lot of options,” Harmon said.
Harmon recommended that the City also invest in new microphones for each seat in the meeting hall.
The City’s current microphones have not been upgraded with a filter to cut out cell phone signal, so static interferes with the audio stream, said Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett.
Harmon said the new recording system could likely be installed in about five business days; though that number could vary depending on what features the City ultimately chooses.
For reference of how much this project would cost, Harmon said Richmond’s digital video recording package cost about $20,000.
Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said Comcast, the City’s cable provider, has agreed to fund a portion of the project’s cost, and after a price quote is presented, the City Council will then determine whether the project will fit in the City budget.
Harmon said he will draft a preliminary proposal - which will include an overall price quote - to be ready for review at the next Leitchfield City Council meeting on Monday, April 7.