New Ipswich Board of Selectmen weigh purchase of upgraded AV equipment

  • Cameras capture the action in New Ipswich's town office meeting room. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/2/2017 6:53:01 AM

New Ipswich’s Board of Selectmen is considering ways to make their meetings more accessible by improving audio-visual recording and broadcast.

The town shares live and replay streams of selectboard and budget committee meetings via its government broadcast channel on Comcast and through it website’s YouTube embed. Members of the board were presented ways to improve the sound quality and possibly transition to high-definition at their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 31.

“You can get away with poor video, but you can’t get away with poor audio,” Jim Davis of Jaffrey Computer said. “You need a directional microphone and you need a microphone right in your face.”

He recommended four microphones, in addition to the three they already have, a sound mixer to accommodate the additional microphones, and monitors for the production room. The feeds are produced by Ron Stanley, chair of the video committee.

That would total about $5,000, depending on what they end up purchasing, out of the video committee funds. They will also consider a movable camera for meetings outside of the town office, and technology for a text scroll on the feed.

Also at the meeting, the board of selectmen discussed next week’s deliberative session, and proposed warrant articles, including for the new police facility.

“There was some confusion about our current police facility across the street, and our obligations,” Chair Becky Doyle said.

The town pays $1,700 monthly, which includes heat and plowing, but pays additionally for electricity and to plow on its own accord.

The bond interest rate for the new facility is estimated to be 3.15 percent, but the bond bank may need to change it by the time the vote is cast. Still, the total expense should be lower than originally anticipated and the selectmen are prepared to lower the funding ask at the deliberative session.

That will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., at Mascenic Regional High School.


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