A recently passed ordinance, an MOU, and recent upgrades to Town Hall could combine to allow the Town of Paonia to make recordings of its meetings of the board of trustees and other public meetings available to the public. With an investment in technology, in the future, meetings may even be broadcast live.
In December, trustees adopted an ordinance granting DMEA Utility Services, LLC. (Elevate) a cable television franchise to deliver video and other programming service within town limits.
At the Jan. 22 meeting, the town entered into a memorandum of understanding wherein, DMEA agrees to provide the town with a dedicated television channel for public, educational and government (PEG) access.
The move allows the town to record and deliver content, such as board and planning and zoning meetings, to DMEA via an online Cloud service, ZIP disk or other electronic format for airing on the PEG channel. The town would be solely responsible for production of all content, formatting and delivery in the manner it wishes to broadcast.
Town attorney Bo Nerlin said that while existing equipment allows the town to record and deliver content for airing, if in the future it decides to live-stream meetings via the access channel, specific equipment would be required. To determine what equipment would be needed and whether or not the town can afford it, he suggests that the town communicate with DMEA, or with the City of Montrose. "They are looking to live-stream video content, so they'll be looking at the equipment," said Nerlin.