Weekly Feature

2015-02-25 / Local News

Town meeting recordings to be posted online

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

Residents will soon have a new resource that will allow them more access to past town government and committee meetings.

Effective March 1, Accela/IQM2, the town’s government meeting management software, will allow on-demand video of meetings to be posted online.

“If a meeting is held in Council Chambers, it will have the capability of being available on demand,” said Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger. “Anyone will then be able to go to their PC and log on to the site and watch the video.”

Jaeger said the town and representatives of Accela/IQM2 have been working together for about six months to add the video capability through a link from the town’s website, www.amherst.ny.us.

She said the on-demand video is part of the town’s new contract with Accela/IQM2 and is paid for through Verizon’s Public Educational Governmental Grant. The Town Board approved the contract during Monday’s meeting.

She said the town pays Accela/IQM2 about $2,000 for its current service of posting meeting agendas and board minutes to the Internet. The on-demand video, which is covered through the grant, costs about $11,000.

“This is not impacting the contingency, and it’s not taking money from any other funds to do this,” Jaeger said.

The town clerk added that any recorded meetings can be uploaded to the site.

“How many we upload and how far back we go will just depend on how much time it takes for each upload,” Jaeger said. “Because of this video feature, I can see other town committees having meetings in the Council Chambers.”

She said the on-demand video provides a better way for people in the community to have access to information discussed during public meetings.

“This is a great thing for the people in the community, and I am glad that it is coming to fruition,” Jaeger said.

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