Scotch Plains TV is a great asset for our town. Having a local public cable channel that provides current community information and news about local government is a good idea and can be a great thing for residents. I think Scotch Plains ought to have a first-rate public cable channel, and I think it can be done without spending too much money.
Regrettably, Scotch Plains TV has been woefully neglected this year. In years past, the channel was a lot better than it is now. In particular, in a year where we seem to have had quite a few controversial and contentious Council meetings and town management changes, Scotch Plains taxpayers have been left in the dark. And while Scotch Plains TV resumed covering meetings in May, the audio quality has been so poor that it’s not possible to hear what is being said. Additionally, videos of the meetings are no longer posted to the township website as they once were.
Providing a way for residents to see and hear their town council at work is one of the things the local public cable channel should be doing, and it isn’t right now. So as a service to the community, I have started recording the meetings and posting them on my campaign website. You can access them at http://JonesForScotchPlains.com/videos/.
I have no professional expertise in audio or video technology, yet I’m able to do this with consumer electronics (an iPad mini) and minimal effort, and at almost no cost. This is an example of how our township needs to move forward with modernization efforts, and how that can be accomplished at very low cost.
Belatedly, the council is now conducting a search for new TV management. I looked at the township website to see what the township has published about the search, and found the official paperwork, which says only that the town is looking for a TV manager and asked for a $25 fee for the detailed description of the job. There shouldn’t be a fee for a vanilla PDF document that can be posted online. We should be encouraging bidders to take a look at what our town is requesting. We should also be encouraging our residents to see what their town is doing. Requiring a fee to look at requests for proposals which can be easily posted online is not a good idea – it discourages bidders and residents. If we need to charge a fee to limit non-serious bidders, require the fee at the time of submission.
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