There was a teaser in the Midland, Texas, City Council wish-list that showed up in the paper the other day.
On the first day, the council came up with a list of ways to make the city more technologically advanced. The council listed possibilities such as public Wi-Fi, electronic site plan submittals, a better smartphone app and televising City Council meetings.
With record dollar amounts rolling into the city coffers through property and sales taxes the money is burning a hole in their pockets. They'll spend it, that's for sure. Unfortunately, they'll probably make long range commitments on the assumption that the good times will last indefinitely.
The cost of televising City Council meetings is pittance compared with what they'll spend, but there's still a way to do it economically. The city already owns some cameras, there are employees and volunteers who either know or could easily learn how to operate them, and Suddenlink provides a government access channel to them. (That channel currently broadcasts a pretty black screen with a pleasant white noise.)
I stood up in front of the council on two occasions asking if they would televise the meetings but got a cool reception both times. So I can't complain if they finally do it. If only they weren't so accustomed to doing everything the most expensive way.