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Local meetings may be seen live

Wide-angle, single-camera video shots of Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ meetings and the single-camera, one-man operation at Nevada City Council meetings could be a thing of the past in a couple of months.

Local government meetings carried live with improved camera technology and a cable channel strictly devoted to meeting coverage is on the horizon.

Although exact timetables for the new channel, new equipment installation and live coverage are uncertain, each local governmental entity has received $30,000 as part of the Comcast franchise agreement to purchase new video and audio equipment, said Lew Sitzer, NCTV executive director.



“This is a sweet arrangement,” Sitzer said.

Nevada County is getting six cameras and will have graphics, said David Bloch, the county’s Web master in charge of getting the county’s video service up to date.




” (The equipment) is on its way as we speak,” Bloch said. He said he expected to begin installing it sometime this month.

A six-to-10 person crew rotating between the local government meetings and paid for by the local entities will operate the cameras, graphics and camera switching as needed, Sitzer said.

Neither Nevada City nor Grass Valley have finalized their equipment purchases yet but are expected to do that soon, Sitzer said.

Local government meetings will be broadcast along with Truckee’s government meetings on the new channel, Sitzer said.

Fiber optic setup between Nevada City and Grass Valley for live coverage of government meetings still is needed, Sitzer said. He said he was uncertain when that would occur.

While Sitzer is hopeful the new channel will kick off in two months, he’s not certain that will happen because much of what he’s doing depends on Comcast’s help.

“I’m not holding my breath,” Sitzer said of the timetable.

Nevada City, Nevada County and Grass Valley governmental meetings run early in the mornings and late at night under the present cable access system.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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