Live 'Streaming' of Meetings to Return
The East Providence Budget Commission approves live streaming of City Council and School Committee meetings once again; it's expected to resume this month.
Live streaming of East Providence City Council and School Committee meetings will return this month.
The Budget Commission approved a $31,000 expense over the next five years to restore the streaming at its meeting last week. It had stalled the request by the City Council because of some questions about where the money was coming from to pay for the computer service.
City Clerk Kim Casci will be using money in the current budget that is specifically earmarked for technology upgrades in her office – 10 percent of eligible recordings revenues, she said.
It’s the same source of funds used by other municipalities to provide the same service, she said in a memo to the Budget Commission.
At the same time, Casci requested that Clerkbase of Warwick, which already archives City Council and School Committee meetings, be hired to stream the meetings live.
The combined cost of archiving and streaming is $6,000 a year plus a one-time $1,000 charge for installation and license software fees.