County Council Meetings to be Broadcast

First time for this kind of transparency for Richland Co.

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By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- Almost one year after it was proposed, Richland County council members give final approval to have their meeting broadcast on TV, for all to see.

High resolution cameras capturing every move and updated microphones exposing everything council members have to say are now a regular fixture of Richland County government and county council meetings. Councilman Seth Rose, who proposed the transparency motion last April, but was met with resistance from four fellow council members, says citizens who can't make the meetings, will have a chance to view them on Time Warner Cable Channel 2 and also via a live Internet stream.

The $65,000 expenditure, plus another $35,000 for a paid staffer to operate the control room, Rose believes, is a small price to pay for ongoing openness and honesty within the council. Richland County council meetings will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable channel 2 beginning April 17, also streamed live online.

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