City Council meetings to go online


“There’s an old saying: The two things you never want to see in life are people making sausage and people making laws,” said Councilman William Peduto, who has pushed for Internet broadcast of council meetings for years. It’s no longer applicable, he argued. “It’s important that people see their elected leaders making laws.”

The City Information Systems department has invited proposals to put City Council meetings online, where they could be viewed at any time.  Currently, meeting are broadcast live on city cable tv, but to view an old meeting, you must place an order to have a DVD burned.

The director of the City Information Systems says that the City is looking for private companies that specialize in data storage because the amount of data required to store recordings of Council meetings which can go on for hours, would be a burden on the City’s computer servers.

Read the Post-Gazette article.