Take Action- I Support Live-Stream and Video Archiving of Prairie Village Open Meetings

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Council Member Serena Schermoly has been Live-streaming and archiving video of all Council and Planning Commission Meetings to her Facebook and YouTube accounts since August 2016.  The Governing Body has refused the request to act on making this a Public Service.  The Council voted May 15, 7-5 against approving a plan to Live-Stream. Following the vote, the Council has agreed to seek input from their constituents and to vote on an amended measure in the coming weeks.

There are many reasons why residents don't attend Council Meetings: schedules, health, family and other obligations keep residents from the Gallery. Live-streaming and Video Archives allow residents to participate in their own time and in their own space, and with an ability to review meetings from months prior.  Our current system relies on a micro-cassette that is recorded over, once the minutes are approved.


We need your help to let your representatives and Council know how valuable an engagement tool this can be for our community.  We have had over 7000 views in less than a year and the Council called those numbers "insignificant".  If this was available on the City's public website, the numbers would significantly increase.

The Kansas Open Meetings Act encourages local government to do all that they can to ensure transparency, and participation.  This is just a step in that direction.