Polk County adds cameras to boardroom
A permanent video recording system was installed last week in the boardroom used by Polk County Supervisors.
Why it matters: It's a step toward bringing more public transparency to the board.
- The new system allows for live Web broadcasting and playback on the county's YouTube channel.
Details: Polk supervisors began recording and broadcasting their regular board meetings on YouTube about six months ago, using temporary equipment.
- The new system, which cost about $15,000, is easier to operate and provides better quality sound and images.
The big picture: Permanent online video broadcast systems have been used by governments for years, including by the city of Des Moines.
- The usefulness of video was heightened when Polk County went virtual during the earlier days of the pandemic, initially using Zoom to conduct public meetings.
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