The technology is old and needs to be updated. The live streaming camera is in the back of the room and does not zoom in on the person talking. People who regularly listen to commission meetings quickly learn the voices but first time listeners face a learning curve.
During the October IT Committee meeting, I shared with the committee the complaints that I have received from citizens about problems with the live streaming and the google system used for recording the meetings. The Mayor informed the committee that he was going to bring a request for a new video system for the commission room to the Budget Committee in January. That didn’t happen.
The IT Committee meeting is today at 5 PM in room 430, the commission room. This meeting packet arrived in my inbox at 10:03 PM last night. That’s less than 24 hours to review the information. The worst part is that the Request for Proposal for a video system in the packet is dated September 29, 2014, meaning this information has been available for nearly five months. There is no good reason why this information couldn’t have been provided five days in advance of the meeting. I tried to amend our rules to fix the problem and petty politicians killed the solution.
Now I am left with trying to make a decision with less than 24 hours notice on 5 month old information. I guess I should look on the bright side. At the October IT Committee meeting, I was given my information packet at the meeting. This time I got over a half a day to review the information. Is this progress? My head hurts.