News Briefs for week of February 23

Ladysmith Council approved installation of video streaming equipment

  • Feb. 22, 2016 2:00 p.m.

Avid followers of the proceedings at Ladysmith Council, who want to avoid the cramped seating at city hall, will soon be able to keep an eye on their elected officials from the comfort of their own homes.

Ladysmith Council approved installation of video streaming equipment, at a cost of $12,000, which means meetings will be broadcast live on the Internet sometime soon.

The two camera system will switch between the council table and presenters during meetings. The proceedings will be carried on YouTube.

As well as being streamed live, council meetings will be archived, so people who want to view the meetings later, or review what happened, will be able to do so at any time.

Funding will help Ladysmith manage assets

An $80,000 grant of Federal Gas Tax Funds will allow Ladysmith to develop and implement an asset management Strategy.

The asset management funding will help the town complete condition assessments of municipal buildings and infrastructure systems, and support the development of an asset management policy and strategy for effective and efficient management of town assets (including buildings, water and sewer systems, roads and sidewalks), says a release.

Ladysmith’s grant was part of a $73.3 million announcement of “capital and capacity building” funding from the Gas Tax Fund by Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of infrastructure and communities.

Asset management is a process that integrates information about a community’s physical assets and finances to support local decision-making.