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Berkeley Slowly Heading Into Digital Age

Township officials hope to have meetings televised on two cable channels, and eventually online, mayor says

 

For too many years, Berkeley Township residents have had to travel to Town Hall or make do with a monthly student broadcast of Township Council meetings, often telecast long after the meeting had taken place.

But all that may change soon. Township officials are hoping to have meetings broadcast on Comcast Channel 22 and Cablevision Channel 76,  Mayor Carmen F. Amato and Councilwoman Judy Noonan say.

Amato - a former two-term Township Councilman - said previous administrations had "no interest" in televising meetings.

"I think the more open and transparent you make yourself, the better off you are," Amato said. "The more we can do to make ourselves accessible...this is just another means. In the future, we would like to input it on our website."

If the township moves forward with televised meetings, the township would have to purchase the required equipment - which would include two video cameras, a computer and appropriate software, Township Administrator Frederick Ebenau said.

"We are trying to do this project for under $5,000," he said.

The upgrade would be part of a shared service agreement with the Central Regional School district, coordinated by Central's information technologist Curtis Kleier, Ebenau said.

Eventually, township officials hope to have the meetings online as well, Amato said.

"The entire process is in its infancy stage," Amato said. "Our first priority is to get our council meetings back up on T.V., with the long term goal to go online, depending on how the budget will dictate how quickly we can get this finished."

Currently only one council meeting a month is taped and broadcast on Channel 22. The camera is manned either by a volunteer Central Regional High School student or by Central Regional Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides.

Noonan said at a recent council meeting she hopes that events around the township can be taped and broadcast too.

"I can't wait," said Berkeley Township Taxpayers Coalition President Samuel J. Cammarato at a recent council meeting. It's wonderful. Thank you again for your hard work."

 

 

 

 
Doris Cauda July 18, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Such negative comments! Maybe that's why we need to get into the digital age, because of comments like these. Give it a chance. At least Mayor Amato is trying to bring us into the 21st Century. All Varano did was raise taxes and spend money on questionable stuff. I hope it does go online. I have a dish because I won't deal with Comcast. If it's online I can watch. Thanks Carmen for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!
John Anderson July 18, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Will this be available to watch in South Seaside?
Patricia A. Miller July 18, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Hi John, If this comes to fruition, it will be available on Cablevision Channel 78 in South Seaside Park. Of course, you have to have Cablevision to watch it.
Town Mom July 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I get the Toms River School channel. I live in a section of Berkeley that is on the border. I called Comcast several years ago and was told that there is nothing they could do. All my neighbors receive that channel too. Is there any talk about correcting this issue?
voice of reason July 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Doris arent you the same idiot that said BOE Mrs Parks was a disgruntled Democrat when she resigned in disgust over wasting tax payers money ? arent you also the doris who called supporters of the ex mayor varano kool aid drinkers ? your a Amato kool aid drinker and i do hope this comes to fuition we also need to watch BOE meetings so everyone can see how taxpayer money is being flushed down the toilet

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