The city of Auburn will begin providing live-streaming services in January for its City Council meetings.
In a recent work session, the council moved to offer the service from January until next fall, when the Public Safety Building will be complete and the new City Council Chambers will include cutting-edge technology to allow for upgraded live-streaming and live-captioning services.
The Public Safety Building is expected to be complete the last week of September, said Public Safety Director Bill James this week, and moving into the new building will take about a month.
Live streaming of City Council meetings will start with the council's Jan. 8 meeting, and city staff are working with Eagle Eye to provide it. Residents will be able to watch the live feed, which will be captioned, on Facebook and YouTube. When in the new Council Chambers, live streaming will also be offered on the city's website and on certain television channels.
The council also moved to offer video of each Planning Commission meeting, which will be posted online 24 hours after each meeting. The delay cuts cost by allowing city staff to caption the video, rather than paying for live-captioning services, which cost $240 per hour.
The estimated cost of live-streaming the council meetings ranges from $12,210 to $16,280, depending on when the new Council Chambers are ready. The council is slated to approve the cost of streaming at its Jan. 8 meeting.