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Fargo leaders agree to broadcast all meetings

FARGO — The city will make "all efforts" to broadcast all its meetings, city leaders agreed Monday night, Sept. 10.

Commissioner Tony Gehrig made the push to formalize what has been an unwritten rule ahead of the commission's move into the new City Hall building, which will have improved broadcast equipment.

"It shall be the policy of the City to make all efforts to televise, livestream and webcast regularly scheduled and special meetings of the various committees, commissions, boards and task forces appointed by the City Commission," according to the policy Gehrig drafted. "This will include brown bag, study and educational sessions."

All commissioners voted "yes" except Commissioner Dave Piepkorn.

He wanted to know what it would cost to have a city staff member sit in on all the meetings and running recording equipment as well as how the city would pay for it.

Gregg Schildberger, the city's communications manager, said there would be no additional cost because a staff member already sits in on every meeting to operate recording equipment even if the meeting isn't televised.

Mayor Tim Mahoney said new recording equipment should reduce the workload for the staff member.

Piepkorn wasn't persuaded.

Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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