Councillors not exactly TV stars yet

Parksville city council meetings are on line and the numbers are low but growing

People are watching Parksville city council meetings online.

After struggling to find an appropriate online video streaming and archiving service, they began streaming meetings in October and may slowly be building an audience.

The live viewership is low — nine people Oct. 9, four Nov. 5 and 25 Dec. 17 — but there were more than 1,000 plays throughout December, for an average of 4.3 minutes each.

The meetings are archived on the city’s website (www.parksville.ca) by date, and individual agenda items are time stamped so people can jump to a specific discussion.

Information officer Debbie Tardiff said the response has been better than she expected.

“I’m really delighted to see this finally going forward,” Coun. Carrie Powell-Davidson said previously, calling it a perfect fit with council’s efforts to be as accountable and transparent as possible.

Council went with a service provided by Burnaby based NeuLion for a one-time set-up charge of $4,000 and annual fee of $8,150.