Cameras roll

Cameras rolled for the first time at Rossland city council and whether it was the prospect of appearing on Shaw TV or just an ebb in the agenda flow, it was a kinder, gentler council that sat in the venerable chamber of City Hall Monday.

Cameras rolled for the first time at Rossland city council and whether it was the prospect of appearing on Shaw TV or just an ebb in the agenda flow, it was a kinder, gentler council that sat in the venerable chamber of City Hall Monday.

Like other councils in other cities, videotaping proceedings is common, meant for ready public access and increased transparency.

“The plan is to have it posted on our website Tuesday morning following our meeting and then we will also be submitting it to Shaw who will be putting it on the community TV station the following Monday,” said administrator Tracy Butler.

The video camera is mounted on the ceiling, and like an eye in the sky, keeps track of council proceedings and performances that are often heated and at times contrived.

“This has been in the budget, it was first discussed in 2008, so now we’ve got it – it’s been a long time coming,” she added.