Chamblee, GA, December 21, 2016 – by Trey Benton – The City of Chamblee has approved a budget of $9,650 for the purchase of equipment and software to video tape meetings to post and store on the city’s website. Chamblee, perhaps the last of North DeKalb cities to video tape their meetings, has wrestled with the idea for a number of years.
Because the city is unsure of how long they will continue to hold City Meetings in the Civic Center, they are reluctant to spend as much as $60,000 to upgrade their sound system and provide streaming video to their constituents. What the city will do once the equipment is purchased and installed, is capture the meetings and post them to the city website.
Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville all use the Accela, Inc.’s (formerly IQM2) E-Government solution for agenda and meeting management, which also provides a tie-in for video streaming. Chamblee will not live stream as of yet, but City Manager Jon Walker says that day will come eventually.
Some Chamblee Councilmembers say they are reluctant to video tape the meetings as it may contribute to poor in-person citizen turnout at meetings. But, they say they recognize the value of constituents being able to keep up with what their elected officials are doing on their behalf from the comfort of their own home.
If judging by the turnout at Brookhaven, Doraville and Dunwoody meetings when there is a contentious topic on the agenda, while some may stay home and watch, people do show up en masse during those times.
Look for a City of Chamblee announcement on when the video taped meetings will be available. No timetable has been formally set, according to the City.