Video of Libertyville board meetings to be posted online
Updated: August 20, 2012 6:15AM
LIBERTYVILLE -- Residents will soon be able to see village board meetings online because the board unanimously agreed to buy a $1,000 wall-mount camera, village officials said.
The new video is expected to be available on the village’s website in about two months, officials said.
Unlike some other towns that have multiple cameras (which pan in an out on specific people during meetings), Libertyville’s camera will be about as simple as it gets –- a stable shot of the meeting room with accompanying audio, village officials said.
Also, the video will not be streaming live online, which is the case in other Lake County towns like Deerfield that have also invested in taping board meetings. Rather, the videos will be uploaded by village staff sometime after the meetings, officials said.
Trustee Jim Moran -– chairman of the village’s Special Projects Committee that studied the issue -– said July 10 there was a $1,000 cost for audio feed installation in addition to the camera. However, he was able to get the installation fee donated, so the village will not have to pay for it.
The one-time cost for the camera will come out of the village’s Technology and Equipment Replacement Fund, officials said.
Lack of village funds for a camera had mainly prevented the village from incorporating videos onto its website, said Mayor Terry Weppler. For about a year, the village has provided audio only of board meetings on its website, he said.
“I have mixed emotions about it (video camera),” Weppler said. “I want it to look good, but financially the way things are in the village we can’t spend money on it.”
Moran said camera’s low cost coupled with residents’ interest justified the village moving forward on this issue. He added about 50 residents had signed an online petition in favor of the camera.
In other board news:
The board approved a request by Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., to celebrate its 18th anniversary in a privately-owned parking lot east of its business. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Village officials said Mickey Finn’s has held the same event for the past seven years without incident.
The board approved a fireworks permit for Libertyville High School – a request made by the LHS Wildcat Football Parents Association. The fireworks will go off before home football games on Aug. 31, and Sept. 21, which is the school’s homecoming game. Residents within 1,000 feet of the display will be notified beforehand. Weppler said the school has previously set off fireworks before home games without incident.