When will the city finally fix the online meetings viewing program?

Okay, I have whined about this quietly long enough after I missed all 3 public meetings tonight. I have made several councilors and the city clerks office aware of the multiple glitches their is with their program SIRE that they use to post the public meetings online. What the Heck already? I mean I can understand it not working a few times, but this is starting to get ridiculous. Taxpayers pay for this service? Right? So when something isn’t working it should get fixed? Right? And not 2 or 3 days later? Right? This is software and programming not rocket science.

And this is the part I don’t get (an email from the clerk’s office tonight);

Thank you for your email. Our office and our IT Department are aware of the issue.
The meeting may be viewed on CityLink (Channel 16).

Great. So why are the video cameras able to transmit to the city’s TV station but not to the internets? My response;

I haven’t had cable for over 2 years, but thanks for the advice.

Fix it already or subscribe to a new service that actually works.


#1 Tom H. on 05.09.12 at 9:29 am

If you look at the PDF of the Mayor’s presentation, it gives a nice little timeline overview of the project. According to it, ‘cost estimates’ are scheduled from now until July. What if these are higher than the nominal $115M limit that was voted on? Of course, the vote was only advisory, but I don’t recall the exact wording of the City Council resolution. Was it written as “not to exceed $115M”? If so, what happens if/when the new estimates come out higher than that? Lie about it and chalk it up to “cost overruns” later?

#2 Andy Traub on 05.09.12 at 5:19 pm

The city council was given approval by voters to borrow 115M through Selling bonds. Since they are building in phases decisions will be made down the road on any changes to the plans if costs are running too high. Those decisions will be made by city employees referred to as “the core group” yesterday in the meetings. With Kermit and the gang on the council I don’t anticipate cost overruns or more $ for the project.As I understand it Kermit wants to sale back the place as is. We’ll see.

#3 Andy Traub on 05.09.12 at 5:19 pm

Scale back…not sale back

#4 l3wis on 05.09.12 at 11:12 pm

I see the council meeting if finally working but not the other meetings.