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Posted on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 1:52 p.m.

Following city issues via Web video just got easier for Ann Arborites

By Ryan J. Stanton

Keeping informed about Ann Arbor City Council meeting actions just became easier, city officials announced today.

For years, city meetings have been telecast live on CTN Channel 16. More recently, City Council meetings as well as other public meetings and original Ann Arbor programming are accessible online via CTN’s Video on Demand.

To further enhance accessibility to meeting coverage and online viewing options, meeting coverage now is being indexed so viewers can skip directly to a particular agenda item’s meeting footage and watch what happened.

For instance, what was said about Argo Dam and the HRIMP report at Monday's meeting? What were the talks surrounding the council's decision to spend $895,000 to replace the city's financial system earlier this week?

Now you can find out for yourself.

To watch a specific agenda item, follow these step-by-step directions:

1. Visit the City Council Web page. 2. Click on Recent City Council Minutes on the left navigation menu. 3. From the list that appears, locate the City Council meeting of interest (video indexing is available for meetings Nov. 4 to recent). 4. Click on that meeting’s blue "Agenda" or "Minutes" link. 5. When the PDF document opens, locate the item of interest, and click on its corresponding blue link. 6. Click on the video link to watch the footage.

Ryan J. Stanton covers government for Reach him at or 734-623-2529.



Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 5:47 p.m.

This is good news for someone who has had satellite rather than cable television for the last 5 years. Now, if we could just get live streaming of meetings as they're taking place...

Ryan J. Stanton

Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 3:42 p.m.

According to the city clerk, there are no additional costs to the city for the software upgrade or the maintenance. The city introduced two of its existing vendors to each other - Daystar and Leightronix. Daystar is the city's vendor for the Legistar Agenda Management software and Leightronix is the vendor that CTN uses for its online video on demand. The vendors partnered under the ciity's direction to create the video indexing tool in Legistar.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 2:29 p.m.

And how much will this and continued "maintenance" cost?

Ryan J. Stanton

Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 2:29 p.m.

@Ed My inquiry to CTN on that subject led to a response from the city clerk who is checking with IT on the possibility of being able to gain access to embed codes.