In an exciting move toward more open town government, the Town of Lamoine will now offer its town meetings on the internet at http://townhallstreams.com/locations/lamoine-me. This new service not only presents our town government in real time, but also will archive past meetings for viewing at any time. Up until now, the live feeds were limited to our local cable public access channel 5. About 400 Lamoiners have our local cable out of the 712 (2010 census) Lamoine households, so staying informed was not easy for all. While meetings were repeated several times throughout the following week, it was always a challenge to find the right time to watch, now all that is needed is a good internet connection and a laptop or smartphone. The image at the right now appears on the town website and underneath is the link to Town Hall Streams. We will also provide the link under our “upcoming” column on the right of every page–just click on the image.
Kudos to Lamoine’s Technology Committee and Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, who now has extra work to make this a reality. At the moment there is only one archived meeting, the Town Meeting of March 11, 2015, but starting with tonight’s broadcast, all town meetings will be available for one year, and Stu may be able to add older (prior to 6/8/15) meetings as his work schedule permits. The next live feed scheduled is the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, 6/8/15 at 7:30. On the agenda tonight is the continued discussion of the proposed Gravel Ordinance.
This service costs the Town $150/month and is paid for by the revenues from Time Warner cable which the town collects.
Friends of Lamoine see this as a great opportunity for our members and supporters to stay informed, and will provide links to meetings with important issues as the occasions arise. You will probably see us in the audience!