In June 2015, the City of Oak Ridge contracted with an Oak Ridge headquartered production company, M & M Productions USA, to assist with broadcast upgrades to the Municipal Building Courtroom. Part of this upgrade included permanently mounting pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) high-definition, robotic cameras that would provide for better viewing angles of City Council, city staff, and audience members during televised City Council meetings.
This recent broadcasting upgrade further compliments the audio and City Council voting equipment improvements that were completed in 2014 as a result of deteriorating equipment and Courtroom needs.
“The PTZ cameras provide for better area coverage and greater detail of City Council meetings,” remarked City Manager Mark Watson. “Additionally, there have been several broadcast efficiencies experienced with all of the media upgrades, not to mention that the upgraded equipment has added to the professional composition of the City Council meetings and the Courtroom.”
City staff has further expanded the viewing options of City Council meetings for the public by initiating an on-line streaming service through Ustream, an award winning company that provides clients a means to stream live content.
A designated URL has been developed—www.oakridgetn.gov/councilstreaming.aspx—to allow the public to view the City Council meetings live on their computers and mobile devices. With Ustream, viewers will be able to stream the meetings in high-definition. Additionally, the City will continue to have on-air coverage of the regular City Council meetings on BBB Communications Channel 12.
As part of the upgrades, the Courtroom now contains an Assistive Listening System that can provide hearing assistance to a member of the public as part of the City’s public meetings. Those interested in learning about the Assistive Listening System are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office.
City Council meetings occur during the second Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom.
For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (865) 425-3411.