She said that commissioners were briefed last week about efforts to redesign existing county websites for mobile devices. “We are really excited about it,” she said.
Jacobs also said that Broward’s limited budget hinders archiving videos of commission meetings for on-demand viewing by the public.
In fact, many on-demand systems are relatively inexpensive.
In Jacksonville, the city purchased a $250 digital recording device and after each governmental meeting city staff links an audio recording on its website for on-demand use.
‘NOT HARD TO DO’
“It’s not a hard thing to do,” said Carla Miller, director of Jacksonville’s Office of Ethics, Compliance and Oversight.
Broward School Board spokeswoman Cathleen Brennan said her board’s more sophisticated video system cost $12,485 to operate this year.
Fort Lauderdale pays Granicus, a California corporation, $2,290 a month to operate the city’s online video system. Granicus started managing the city’s system in 2012. The city’s startup cost with Granicus was $27,825.
Chaz Adams, Fort Lauderdale’s public information officer, said in an email that Granicus’ cost covers not just online Web access to meeting recordings, but it also covers many aspects of the city’s “workflow management system.”
Government on-demand Web services range from the sophisticated to the simple, from the easy to the difficult to access.
Fort Lauderdale’s system is one of the more sophisticated. Once a video recording is selected, that meeting’s agenda appears below the screen. Clicking an agenda item moves the video to that part of the meeting where the item is discussed.
Miami-Dade County’s online video archives feature more than commission meetings. There are also meetings of various committees, including county finance, health and social services, public safety and animal services.