Videos of meetings increase transparency and accountability but, according to deputy clerk Tammy Fowkes, “Currently, it is only Council meetings that have the IT resources to create and publish the videos.
The minutes are the official records for both Council and Committee meetings. The Town does go a step above for Committee meetings and records the audio to be placed on the website. Technical requirements to produce videos for each Committee meeting is very involved and requires many resources that are currently not available.”
The audios, if they’re posted, create barriers when members mute the audio, the audio is a poor quality, and members do not identify themselves. What accommodations are in place for people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing?