Hilton Head Council to consider $22,500 offer from county to broadcast town meetings

bheffernan@islandpacket.comMay 21, 2013 

Attendance might soon be optional for residents who want to follow Hilton Head Island Town Council meetings at Town Hall.

Council is expected Tuesday to review a contract for Beaufort County to broadcast town meetings for $22,500 for one year. The town would need to purchase an additional $11,500 to $14,000 worth of equipment for the first year.

Under the proposed agreement, the county would record and air 30 meetings on the County Channel and host the videos online for live and on-demand viewing. The town would pay $750 for each meeting after the first 30.

The Beaufort County Board of Education has the same agreement with the county to broadcast its twice-monthly school board meetings. The county has been airing those meetings since 2007.

The county would also produce -- at no additional cost -- five videos not to exceed seven minutes in length about topics selected and written by the town.

Contracting with the county would be cheaper than doing the work in-house, according to town staff.

Mayor Drew Laughlin called for town staff to bring an offer from the county for consideration during council's May 7 meeting.

Council will also review the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Bureau's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 and amendments to the town's 2012-2013 budget to account for unfinished projects.

Check back with The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette for updates and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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