The matter of whether Elkton municipal government is prepared to take a leap into the 21st century digital age had the attention of the mayor and commissioners during the Aug 12 workshop. Commissioner Jablonski first brought up this idea late last year, but since attending a Main Street Manager’s Conference focused 21st century cyberage methods for revitalizing downtowns she has consistently served as an advocate for webcasting.
Her continued support put the topic back on the agenda again and that spawned a wide ranging discussion about the pros and cons of video streaming for municipal government. The legal ramifications worried some of the commissioners. Others wondered about the affect the video camera might have on the conduct of the meeting, especially with comments from the “peanut gallery.” Craig’s List, Facebook, and Myspace, what’s that someone said? After airing all the arguments, a decision was going to be stalled once again, but Commissioner Jablonski made another effort to get some movement on a final decision. Thus the board decided to have the town attorney research the legal areas and once they received the input, it is thought that a final policy could be put in place.