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Carolina Beach Council Approves Plan To Stream Meetings Live Online

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CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Town Council meetings are currently broadcast on Beach TV Channel 3: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm and New Hanover County Government Access Channel 5: Fridays at 7:00 am and Sundays at 6:00 pm.
At the Council's Tuesday May 14, meeting the Council voted to move forward with a plan to broadcast their meetings live on the Internet.
Town Clerk Lynn Prusa explained, "Council expressed an interest some time ago in live streaming our Council meetings. And we have looked at several different options. We looked at a company named Granicus that offers electronic agenda software. They don't offer the live streaming, but we were also looking at software for our agendas."
Prusa said they are interested with who can provide electronic agendas and live streaming for meetings.
She said, "They will, in addition to the electronic agendas, they will provide the live streaming of the council meetings. It is a month to month contract so if we decide we don't like it we could get out of it very easily." Prusa said the cost is $840 per month for the entire package and they would like to start in June or July.
Mayor Bob Lewis said, "The one benefit is we stop cutting all these trees down with all of these printed agendas. Electronic would be much better" and people could be notified using an email list.
Councilman Steve Shuttleworth said, "How would that tie into the redesign of the website? One of the places for people to go to link to a live stream is the Town website."
Lewis said, "We are going to work on that. That's another issue we're going to work on."
The Council voted unanimously to pay IQM2 $840 per month. Currently the Town prints large agendas for Council members and also provides copies on their website of the agenda and the packets of information on each agenda item. Those files can be downloaded as Acrobat PDF files at
Moving to the electronic agenda technology utilizes Apple iPads or computer terminals that Council members can use to view the agendas on a screen rather than printed paper.
New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington have utilized electronic agendas and live streaming of their monthly meetings for several years with great success.