The following is an excerpt from the February 2014 edition of the Swagit newsletter ‘The Swagit Connection’. Sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this page.
Odds are it’s colder in Shakopee, Minnesota, right now than where you are (just trying to make you feel a little better about this brutal winter we’ve all had to endure). It’s probably so cold in Shakopee their residents are not super excited about venturing out to attend city council meetings. Back in the olden days this would mean the public would be ill-informed to the business of their government – but no longer.
Shakopee is now streaming their city council meetings online through Swagit, which in itself we’re excited about. But the reason we’re highlighting Shakopee (other then the easy cold weather quips) is that in addition to just streaming video, Shakopee is also utilizing Swagit’s complete agenda management system. As viewers watch and listen to the proceedings of the meeting itself, they are also able to open and read any of relevant documents being discussed. So as the city council is discussing the ramifications of the Annual Review of the Conditional Use Permit and Mineral Extraction and Land Rehabilitation Permit for Shakopee Gravel Caselog No. 14-003 (B), viewers are able, through the agenda management interface, to open and read the full annual review of the CUP for Shakopee Gravel.
If, by chance, the viewer does not feel that a prolonged discussion of the Annual Review of the Conditional Use Permit and Mineral Extraction and Land Rehabilitation Permit for Shakopee Gravel Caselog No. 14-003 (B) is relevant to their interests, they may – again through Swagit’s agenda management system – jump directly to the start of the next (or any tagged topic) of the meeting*.
* Note that jumping time back and forth through time is currently only available in streaming media.
We here at Swagit are honored to be working with the great City of Shakopee, and proud that we are part of the process that allows their residents to view and follow along with city council proceedings in the warmth of their own home, while wearing their favorite Zach Parise jerseys and enjoying a delicious bowl (or plate?) of lefse and lutefisk.