The city will use the school’s video production class to create five informational episodes on topics ranging from public utilities to parks and recreation.
“I try to mimic the Sunday morning TV shows," City Manager Pat McGinnis said. "... I’ll sit there as a moderator and ask (the participants) questions.”
McGinnis said he gives his guests a general idea of what will be discussed so they can develop some talking points.
This is the second year the city has broadcast the episodes.
“We did a slate of four (last year),” McGinnis said. “We started it as a part of (City Council's) 2012 goal setting, which was communication and transparency. Now it is part of this year’s goals to continue that.”
McGinnis said it usually takes two weeks for the school to edit and present the episodes to the city.
“I’ve carefully selected council members for each segment,” McGinnis said. “They like talking about their favorite 'pet' areas of the city, and this gives them that soapbox.”
As an example, McGinnis said he’d have Councilman Dennis Scott talk with a public works official, given his background with the department. Councilman Mike Fritz would talk about his interests in the city's parks and recreation.
“It’s just another vehicle (to deliver information), and it does show on our cable channel,” McGinnis said. “It’s just like a meeting on tape.”
The episodes will also be shown this year on the city’s website and YouTube channel.
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