Soon you will be able to kick back in your easy chair and keep up with Port of Bellingham news. Beginning in May, all meetings of the Port of Bellingham commission will be viewable via live streaming on their website.
At the April 15 meeting, the port’s three commissioners unanimously agreed to hire Spinner LLC of Bellingham to provide live streaming video of their meetings on the port’s website. Copies of the videos will also be saved to a backup hard drive kept at the port’s headquarters.
Requests from the public to make these meetings viewable spurred the decision, according to a memorandum released by the port. In the past few months, several community members have made public comments to port commissioners asking them to consider making their twice-monthly meetings viewable online or by some other means.
Members of the port commission felt that the project would support their 2014 objectives to connect with the community.
The port will pay Spinner $425 per meeting for its service. Assuming that the live streaming begins with the port’s next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 6, the total cost of making the meetings available online through the rest of 2014 will be $6,375. Meetings that exceed four and a half hours will incur an additional cost.
Marie Duckworth, the port’s communications coordinator, told commissioners that the port received four responses to a request for proposals seeking video services. Spinner LLC, owned by David Brown, submitted the most competitive price and had the best experience, she said.
Once the meeting room receives technical upgrades later this year, Spinner will also digitally insert PowerPoint slides and other presentations into the live stream at no extra cost.