WORK SESSION AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Raymond Graham , Cedar Run District Supervisor

April 15, 2002

Staff Lead:

Department: 

J. Randall Wheeler

Deputy County Administrator

Topic: 

Discussion of Proposed Plan to Broadcast Board of Supervisors Regular Meetings Over the Local Cable System and Related Audio/Visual Improvements

Topic Description:

As part of the recently negotiated cable television  franchise renewal, the County negotiated with Adelphia Cable an initial equipment grant of $61,345 to assist the County with the purchase and installation of equipment to allow for televising Board meetings and other governmental programming, as well as programming from the Fauquier Public Schools.  

A proposed plan for installing video tape/broadcast equipment in the Warren Green meeting room is estimated to be approximately $20,000.  The plan includes improvements to the audio system, the installation of two (2) stationary cameras, one of which being voice directional, recording and broadcast equipment and all the equipment and infrastructure required.  

Initial broadcasts shall be taped delayed until such time that the cable company's fiber optic network is completed, at which time live broadcast will become an option.  In either case, a videotaped recording will be archived and available to the public.  The proposed plan also includes the installation of an improved time limit notification system for speakers.  Billy Jenkins, General Services Department Director,  has worked with County Administration to prepare the proposed plan and will oversee its completion once approved.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Receive briefing on the proposed plan and provide comments to staff.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

The estimated cost is approximately $20,000 which shall come from the $61,345 initial equipment grant provided by Adelphia Cable under the terms of its franchise.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request: