BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Borough Council’s meeting on April 16 was video streamed directly from the council chambers.
By clicking on the borough’s Facebook page, viewers can watch a replay of both its workshop session and regular meeting. Comments from viewers during the live stream are posted directly next to the video.
John Sabia, the borough’s new multimedia director who is orchestrating the effort, successfully tested the social media technique at its last meeting on March 19 — a video that has since had 1,200 views.
Once a meeting is adjourned and the live stream complete, the video will remain on the Facebook page for future viewing.
Videos of borough council meetings are also available on its YouTube channel by clicking here.
According to borough officials, live video streaming of council meetings is another way of opening the line of communication between the borough and residents — and increasing access to borough services — through web-based technology.
In February, the borough began offering property owners the option of paying their tax and water/sewer bills on line. In addition, registration for most borough programs, including offerings from the Recreation Department, Belmar Public Library and Belmar Community Makerspace, and the purchase of beach badges are now being handled through its CommunityPass portal.
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