UPDATE: Good viewing for city council’s possible online debut

03.4.2008 by André Natta · → 8 Comments

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UPDATE #2: This week’s meeting is now streaming live on the city’s website – and as of 12:39 p.m. they were currently hearing public comments about the Glen Iris item.

UPDATE #1: A quick check of the city’s website now lets us know that meetings will begin streaming next week Tuesday, March 11. Today’s meeting appears as though it will be available in the archives later today though.

As we first shared with you in December, the City of Birmingham’s new website would allow them to do some new things – including giving residents the opportunity to watch live streams of city council meetings from the comfort of their computer monitors. The Birmingham Business Journal reported yesterday that today would be the first time that this feature will be used. A current check of the site though shows only last week’s meeting available in the archives. It will definitely be a good day to watch online if it is in fact available (though it is not currently available as of the posting of this item).

Among the items of interest on this morning’s agenda is the very first one (PDF – on page 2). The issue involves the former Knights of Columbus property adjacent to George Ward Park. Let’s just say that the residents are not quite happy with the thought of more apartments in the community. Area residents created an iPetitions page to collect signatures voicing their concerns.

Other items of interest today:

  • The city will attempt to pass a resolution to assist one representative from each of the city’s 23 communities to attend the 2008 Neighborhood USA conference in Hampton, VA. This would be a change from previous policy that found funding for one representative from each of the city’s 99 neighborhoods.
  • A resolution approving the agreement with the Birmingham Education Initiative, Inc. to administer the city’s laptop program.
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8 comments
Andre
Andre

I was having some problems, I'm guessing it may be because there were a lot of us watching. I also know that it was tough for me to watch it on the Mac - the PC let me actually see it.

Andre Natta
Andre Natta

I was having some problems, I'm guessing it may be because there were a lot of us watching. I also know that it was tough for me to watch it on the Mac - the PC let me actually see it.

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

The stream is extremely choppy for me... How about everyone else?

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

The stream is extremely choppy for me... How about everyone else?

Dystopos
Dystopos

The drop-down menu for items in last week's meeting video didn't work for me, though the video itself was available. Also, I thought that BEI, Inc. had been dissolved in the wake of concerns about Katopodis' involvement. I understood the mayor had asked the council to appoint a new board, but that the council was hoping to let Birmingham City Schools take on the responsibility in-house.

Dystopos
Dystopos

The drop-down menu for items in last week's meeting video didn't work for me, though the video itself was available. Also, I thought that BEI, Inc. had been dissolved in the wake of concerns about Katopodis' involvement. I understood the mayor had asked the council to appoint a new board, but that the council was hoping to let Birmingham City Schools take on the responsibility in-house.

Ike
Ike

Baby steps. They have the agenda on RSS now. YAY! But it's a big file, and the individual agenda items aren't indexed in an RSS feed. BOO! Baby steps...

Ike Pigott
Ike Pigott

Baby steps. They have the agenda on RSS now. YAY! But it's a big file, and the individual agenda items aren't indexed in an RSS feed. BOO! Baby steps...