Conover pulls plug on video

The world's window on Conover City Council has gone dark.

After "experimenting" with live and archived video feeds of Conover City Council meetings, the city's leaders have pulled the plug on Internet cameras shedding light on the city's monthly business.

"We experimented with it a couple of times," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan, "but we don't have it refined enough where it can be as user-friendly as we would like it."

Duncan said software the city utilized was limited in capabilities.

"It doesn't offer the opportunity to take or receive questions," he said. "We want it to be an interactive experience, but that takes staff time and that takes money and it is not a priority."

When Conover city staff introduced streaming and archived video feeds from council meetings in March, Duncan said the video camera cost the city $50, while the computer software initially used was free through Ustream. At the time, Conover IT Director Chris Niver said the video quality was good, but the audio wasn't perfect.

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