The City of Columbus will begin live streaming and archiving of public meetings beginning Monday, January 7, on its website at www.columbus.in.gov. This new service is another major step in Mayor Kristen Brown’s efforts to make city government more accessible and transparent than ever before.
The first meeting to be streamed live over the internet will be the City Council’s first meeting of the New Year, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday. Next week, the City will also stream the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, and a special meeting of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 10.
Every meeting of the City Council, Board of Works and Redevelopment Commission will be streamed live and archived on the City’s website starting next week. Other important public meetings held in the Council Chambers at Columbus City Hall also could be broadcast as part of the service.
“This new internet service will make local government more transparent, accountable and accessible,” Mayor Brown said. “Anyone with internet access can stay informed and keep up to date about decisions that affect them, even if they are unable to come to City Hall at the time of the meetings.”
Mayor Brown began making public meetings more accessible and transparent when she took office by providing electronic copies of the agendas and all resolutions, ordinances and all supporting documents that members of the City Council, the Redevelopment Commission and the Board of Public Works and Safety have access to at their meetings on the City’s website.
She sought to increase the accessibility by making significant audio and video improvements to the Council Chambers so that meetings could be streamed and archived. The upgrades were installed last year and paid for with funds from the Technology Advisory Committee, which consists of cable television franchise fees. No property tax revenues were used.
Live and archived meetings can be viewed here. The City can stream, record and archive an unlimited number of meetings.
The City plans to further extend the availability of public meetings by broadcasting them live on cable television by the end of the year. The City is working with Comcast on the infrastructure requirements to establish the service.