The Tazewell County Board is introducing video recorded board meetings in an effort to be more transparent.
Starting with the May 29 board meeting, meetings will be live streamed and broadcast on the Tazewell County Clerk & Recorder Facebook page and published on YouTube and the Tazewell County website, www.tazewell.com, the day following the meeting, according to a Monday news release. Permanent copies will be maintained in the County Clerk's office.
The recordings will be accomplished without any new tax revenue, and there will be almost no future maintenance costs, according to the release. A camera and other necessary equipment totaled around $463 but was paid for by fees collected previously from county clerk office services. The county will save on website storage costs through the use of Facebook and YouTube.
"This is a service that had been a priority of my campaign for Tazewell County clerk," John C. Ackerman said in the release. "We have worked hard to not only achieve this goal, earlier than we had planned, but to find a way to do so without any cost to the taxpayers of Tazewell County. I am extremely proud to provide this vital service that has been long overdue."
After purchasing the camera, the Clerk's Office discovered the camera could record for multiple platforms simultaneously "while also recording to a disk for storage," Ackerman said in the release.
More information about county board meetings is available on the county's website.