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Council Chamber Receives Live streaming Video Upgrade

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on January 26, 2021

On January 19, 2021, the City Council of the City of Brooksville will live-stream it’s first meeting since upgrading its video equipment.

Council Chamber Receives Live streaming Video Upgrade

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Brooksville implemented new methods to conduct Council Meetings to ensure public participation, meeting the Governor’s and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance as well as quorum requirements as stipulated by Florida State Statues.

Meetings were held in a virtual ZOOM format in addition to using the ‘hybrid’ method which consisted of some Council Members physically attending in person in Council Chambers at City Hall and other Council Members, Administration, staff and guests participating from an outside location.

It quickly became apparent that the restrictions could be long term and the move to largely virtual gatherings during the pandemic, presented an opportunity to undertake the endeavor to find the best possible program to upgrade to the video/live broadcasting system. Up until this point, Hernando County had provided the service of recording live; however, the
recording could not be accessed until at least the following day.

In addition to the video upgrades, the City initiated a search for an agenda software program and laptops through which all Council Members, Administration and staff could access the meeting agenda through this technology without the need for a printed copy.

The funding for the Chambers video streaming service, software upgrades a portion of the laptops were allocated by the Hernando County Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding. These funds will be used to leverage a request to the Florida

Legislature to complete the technology upgrades whereby the City will provide a portion of the remaining/matching funds needed.
“These changes will improve access and engagement for citizens,” says Mark Kutney, Brooksville City Manager. “This modernization of Council Chambers technology will mean appropriate and high-quality connection to public meetings.”

The City of Brooksville upgraded the Council Chambers with the goals to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and promote advancements in technology. Not only did the City find cost effective solutions to run City Council meetings but ensured that those involved in the process have easy access to the information they need to make decisions that positively affect the City of Brooksville.

Generally, all regular City Council meetings are scheduled on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers. For more information please contact the City Clerk’s office at 352-540-3810.