Katy City Council unanimously approved hiring Dallas-based Swagit Productions LLC to livestream its meetings.

Katy has been livestreaming its meetings, held via Zoom, and uploading them to YouTube for residents to view for as long as pandemic regulations have been in place.

“The initiative to purchase the Swagit video equipment and support is in preparation of resuming in-person council meetings,” says City Administrator Byron Hebert. “When we do resume with in-person meetings, we want to be sure that we do so in a manner that provides our citizens with the option of viewing the council meetings from the safety of their home.”

Swagit, which works with many local entities including Katy ISD and the City of Houston, will do all of the camera and production work remotely from their Dallas headquarters.

“We have an opportunity here to have the CARES Act pay for the bones—the cameras, the setup, the recordings, audio,” Hebert said.