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|Galesburg to Make $150K Upgrade to Council Broadcast Technology
|UPDATED 11:07am 3/2/10 If you're one of those residents that likes to watch Galesburg City Council meetings from the comfort of your own home, it might look a little better starting in May.
That's because the Galesburg City Council Monday approved a nearly $150,000 bid from Peoria-based Thompson Electronics to replace the cameras and microphones in City Hall Council Chambers, add such equipment to the Erickson Conference Room, and add smart boards and new video projection systems for both rooms.
First Ward Alderman Ken Goad wasn't originally in favor of the part of the proposal that would add the technology to the conference room.
"It's too small a room to have general meetings in," Goad said. "When we have about 14 of us with staff, and we get three or four people from the press there, there's no room for the public."
Goad says he fears that council work sessions will end up back in the conference room, an argument made when the city changed the meeting format last month.
But city information systems supervisor Orlie Lucero says the conference room upgrades are necessary, since not just meetings are held there. "We use that for training and presentation-based stuff, too," Lucero said. "So the desire to broadcast isn't just to broadcast out over the cable for the meetings; but it's also for the ability to record and when we have people come in to do the training, when we have web sessions or training over the internet."
The upgrades will include, among other things, high definition-capable cameras and will be done in April, which officials say may necessitate the move of at least one council meeting to another location.
(The camera above City Manager Dane Bragg's right shoulder, and the voting system where results are displayed over his left shoulder, are among the items to be replaced by the City of Galesburg, now that aldermen have approved $150,000 in upgrades. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|03 02 10 by Newsroom
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