County Council probes possible TV partnership with Orangeville

March 25, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By James Matthews

Dufferin County council meetings may soon be televised.

Council staff has been charged to look into the possibility of using Orangeville Town Hall facilities for its meetings. Dufferin council meetings at the Zina Street county building are not televised. Currently, County Warden Darren White, Melancthon’s mayor, provides a YouTube recap of public meetings.

Coun. John Creelman, the county’s general government services committee chairperson and Mono’s deputy mayor, said during the March 14 meeting that there are issues with installing cameras at the county’s Zina Street chamber.

So county staff suggested council look into the possibility of using Orangeville’s town council chambers for public meetings.

“It is certainly more compact in here than I remember it being 20 years ago,” said Coun. Creelman.

Renovations were recently completed that overhauled the Orangeville council chamber. At Orangeville Town Hall, obtrusive support beams that had obstructed views inside council chamber were replaced. New desks were installed for councillors and municipal staff and the room’s audio system was replaced.

The work improved broadcast sound quality and camera sight lines.

“I think it is certainly worth investigation,” Coun. Creelman said.

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