Should committee meetings be televised?

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PETERSBURG – Township committee meetings have long been mostly sedate affairs, with little public comment and few members of the public in attendance.

Now, committee members are considering whether they should bring the meetings to the public.

Deputy Mayor Curtis Corson Jr. said last week that township committee would have to decide soon whether it wants meetings videotaped, because the money will have to be budgeted.

“If we’re going to do it we should do it now,” he said.

Corson said committee’s Monday meetings would be filmed and then shown on Channel 2 later that week. The could also be made available on the township’s website, he said.

“People are becoming more and more advanced,” said Corson. “This is one of those things we have to look at.”

Township engineer Paul Dietrich said he would look at the cost for filming meetings. He asked whether committee members wanted one or two cameras to film meetings.

“Can we set them up to cover the discussions?” asked Mayor Richard Palombo. “I don’t want to pay someone to run it.”

Dietrich said Ocean City films its meetings, but it pays a camera operator to do it.

“Could we work with the schools?” asked Corson. “Maybe we could combine with them.”

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