After Mayor Fisona suddenly reversed a long-time practice of videotaping workshop so elected officials would “feel more comfortable, less guarded and apprehensive,” Someone Noticed announced we’d step in to help keep people informed. The town makes it hard for constituents to stay informed and the newspapers rarely cover Elkton public matters. Thus this step by Mayor Fisona made it much more difficult, as the workshops are some of the most important public sessions the commissioners hold.
We’d originally planned to launch this service on Sept. 8th, but the commissioners cancelled that meeting. So look for our new video stream as an additional public service from Someone Noticed as the commissioners hold a scheduled workshop this Wednesday. We may actually start streaming the meetings live since that’s an inexpensive, easy thing to do on the Web these days.
We see the county estimated it would cost about $675,000 to broadcast on cable, but we’d just stream it on the net and that doesn’t cost much. It is a valuable public service but we didn’t think we’d get involved in this aspect. However, as Mayor Fisona continues to create growing challenges to transparency in Elkton government, it was simply to easy to do to fill this information gap.