City considering live streaming of council meetings

Live video streaming of city council meetings could be coming to Lynnwood.

The consensus among the city councilmembers was to make live streaming and archiving of city council meetings a top priority.

At its June 10 meeting, the city council listened to a short presentation by Dwight Edwards of FX Video, the company that currently videotapes the city council meetings. Edwards offered a proposal in which FX Video would provide a link on the city’s website to the live stream as well as an archive to past meetings.

Currently, DVDs are produced of city council business meetings and are given to city council assistant Beth Morris, the Lynnwood Library and Edmonds Community College. The city council meetings are broadcast on cable on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Councilmember Kerri Lonergan-Dreke urged the council to move forward on the issue.

“It’s important getting our constituency base more engaged,” she said. “Let’s give our constituents easy access to see what’s going on. … The first step is to do the streaming. Transparency is hugely important. I think we need more of this is our government.”

“We’re here to serve (people), to help them to help our city,” added councilmember Benjamin Goodwin. “This is definitely a huge step toward that.”

Both Lonergan-Dreke and Goodwin also encouraged the council to make some sort of decision before the council’s summer recess.

City Council President Loren Simmonds said council leadership will confer and put out some options for the council to consider.

“To do nothing is not a very viable option,” Simmonds said.


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