“The city is always looking for no- or low-cost ways to provide services in a more efficient manner,” said Information Technology Director Lisa Sagona. “Live streaming does just that — it opens up the meetings to anyone, anywhere with Internet access. Additionally, it increases our transparency, which is key to our relationship with our citizens.”
Johnson City Communications Specialist Wendy Graham said commissioners and city staff have been discussing the idea for more than a year, and the move was made about one month ago to move forward.
“The real reason we started looking into it was that people had been canceling their cable,” Graham said. “We have been, and will continue to, broadcast the meetings on Charter’s channel 192 and Comcast’s channel 17.
“The equipment we have (inside the Municipal & Safety Building) will now be running through YouTube. So if you can get YouTube on your cell phone, android, PC, notebook or laptop, you will be able to watch and listen.”
The city currently contracts with Milligan College, which supplies city staff with interns who operate cameras and help produce the cable version. Graham will continue to oversee production of both offerings.
Viewers can access the live stream three ways: The “LIVE” button at the top of the city’s home page: www.johnsoncitytn.org; by using a direct link: www.johnsoncitytn.org/streaming; or from the city’s Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC29T7V0d1u8J2IzzmlCMDtA.
Twelve months of City Commission and Planning Commission meetings will be available in an “archive” link.
The Board of Commissioners meets the first and third Thursdays at 6 p.m. Planning Commission meetings take place the second Tuesday at 6 p.m.
To request video of meetings before the online streaming, contact Graham at 434-6076 or [email protected] For questions, email [email protected].
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