Commissioners court posts meetings online via video
March 2, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.
HOW TO VIEW VIDEOS Visit www.victoriacountytx.org
Click on the "Commissioners' Court Meeting" link.
Click on "Latest Commissioners' Court Video" link.
The Victoria County Commissioners Court, responding to county residents, started recording its Monday meetings for posting on the county's website.
Monday's 10 a.m. meeting was posted later that day, and this will continue to be the case, according to County Commissioner Clint Ives.
"I think it opens a convenience avenue for the public," Ives said. "It's a convenience issue for people who have 9-to-5 jobs."
Recording the meetings on a webcam and then posting it online has not cost the county a dime. The county used an existing camera and the existing county website, Ives said.
Though the video is grainy and audio is somewhat drowned out, it gets the job done, according to Ives.
"It was no expense to the county other than man hours," he said.
Dale Zuck, who owns an insurance company, Murphy Agency, in Victoria, was one of the people in the community who pushed for the idea of posting a recording of the meetings for the public.
He viewed the meeting for the first time on the website early this week, he said.
"If you're going to be a part of the public, you've got to be part of the government," Zuck said.
Zuck was one of the handful of phone calls Ives received at the end of last year, Ives said.
"Everybody was on board for the transparency issue," Ives said.
Going to high definition video or having live video won't be happening anytime soon because its too costly, Ives said.
Zuck is fine with that.
"That's all we asked for, is for the transparency of government," Zuck said.