NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Town Council chose the August 13 meeting to be the first video recorded meeting for the public to view on their website.
At the re-organization meeting on July 1, newly elected mayor, Helen LeFois, spoke about the council’s plans to start recording their meetings. The expectation is that those who could not attend the meetings would still be able to know the business being conducted at the meetings.
The August 13 meeting was the first test recording with the new software. According to Town Manager, Thomas S Russo Jr., the camera, which was located on the television in the center of the back wall, will record the entire council, including himself and Town Clerk, Lorraine Read, along with whoever speaks into the public’s microphone.
Due to the location of the camera, the public sitting in the audience will not be seen. Only the backs of those who choose to speak at the public microphone will be seen. The recording is both audio and visual.
The company they are working with is called Site 5 and according to Russo, for a monthly fee of $11 for the service. The IT worker who was at the meeting commented that for now, they will only be posting the link on the town’s website, but are looking into getting the link onto Youtube as well.
The link will be posted the following morning after the meeting on the Town of Newton’s website. http://www.newtontownhall.com/103/Town-Council
Councilman Jason Schlaffer commented at the end of the meeting that he was very excited to be recording the meeting for the public.