New audio-video system installed in Council Chambers
The Town of Stony Plain has updated its audio-visual system in Council Chambers, in order to improve quality of service to its elected officials, staff and the public.
“This new system is a marked improvement from the antiquated and ineffective model that was previously used,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “The advanced technology is the ideal solution, as it provides flexibility and quality that meets a high standard. The mix of ease-of-use and intuitive-user interfaces, combined with excellent installation, means meetings can be carried out effectively and with peace of mind.”
The current audio and projection equipment has caused significant problems and interruptions in the past year, due to unnecessary noise, excessive brightness and reverberation/echo. Citizens have complained about the poor quality, which has also frustrated Council and administration. For the past several meetings, the system was not even used.
Council approved the installation of the new audio/visual system at the regular meeting on April 23, 2012. The cost of the $43,572.67 upgrades will be sourced from the Town’s Technology and General Government Reserves.
These upgrades will not only extend the life of the audio/video system and greatly improve sound — with wireless microphones for councillors and new speakers — they will also increase flexibility of Council coverage. The system can easily accommodate future expansion to include live streaming, or archived, video and audio recordings to the Town’s website and to create permanent records of Council meetings for quick reference and accuracy.
The system is being installed between the last and next regular Council meetings and should be ready for use at the next meeting on Mon., June 25. Edmonton-based Sharp’s Audio Visual was awarded the contract.
Regular Council meetings take place on the second and fourth Monday of every month (one meeting in July, August and December), starting at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers and are open to the public. Agendas and minutes are posted on the Town’s website.