Coweta Commission meeting videos now online
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Live and archived videos of Coweta County Board of Commissioners meetings are now available to anyone with an Internet connection.
The meetings can be watched live online; the recorded videos are also available for viewing shortly after meetings end.
And once the meeting minutes are posted, viewers of the videos can click through the meeting agendas and only watch the portions of the meeting in which they are interested. Minutes are typically posted about 72 hours after the meeting. Commission meetings are usually held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., and minutes are usually up by Friday afternoon.
Links to the live and archived meeting videos are available by visiting the county's home page at www. coweta.ga.us and clicking on the 'meeting video' icon.
The meetings will continue to be broadcast live via cable television on NuLink Channel 10. The only time the commission meetings won't be on Channel 10 is when the Newnan City Council is meeting at the same time, according to Coweta Communications Manager Tom Corker.
Previously, the meetings were only available live and only to those with NuLink cable service.
The meetings are now recorded with two cameras, one that focuses on the commissioners and county staff, and the other that focuses on whoever is speaking at the podium.
County staff has been working on getting the videos up and running for the past few months.
'We had to work out the sound and the video and make sure everything was working the way we wanted it to before we released it for public consumption,' Corker said.
The web videos are a way to 'reach more of the citizens and engage them,' said Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts.
'The main thing is providing another means of access to the meeting.'
The video system was made possible by the electronic agenda and minutes program the county switched to in late 2011. The company, IQM2, also offered the video feature.
'We have an ongoing review of the best ways to reach out to our citizens,' Corker said.
'The live web streaming and the interactive agenda are the latest methods we have added to make Coweta County government operations as accessible as possible to our citizens. '