Time coded meeting minutes at end of post
Sorry there is only one unmanned camera, not our finest production. We're working on fixing that. Rye TV has employees and volunteers to film such meetings, has over $86,000 in equipment and a $553,000 fund balance. Now, all we need is for our old friend, City Manager Pickup, to stop pretending RyeTV can't record these meetings. That Mr. Pickup, he just can't do enough in the name of transparency for RGC.
On Feb. 5th, Mayor Sack asked Mr. Pickup for a report on the cost of videotaping RGC Commission meetings at RGC and/or at City Hall. However, that seemed like a curious request, as Rye TV's cup runnith over–and is perpetually well funded–receiving approximately $300,000 per year in cable franchise fees for the sole purpose of creating community programming for public, education and government access channels.
Additionally, Rye TV does not charge (trained) residents or city boards to sign out and use cameras, tripods, lights, or audio equipment. Nor does it charge any residents, boards or elected officials for the professional services its employees and volunteers provide in shooting, editing and producing television shows for its public access or government channels.
We're confident Mayor Sack is plenty familiar with Rye TV's capabilities in producing high quality multi-camera shoots which are shot on-location by Rye TV Staff and volunteers, then edited and produced back at the Rye TV studios (the type of production that recording RGC Commission meetings would require).
Here is a show, Eye On Rye: Linking Handlebars, that then-Councilman Sack starred in last June, one of many. It was filmed at the Carver Center in Port Chester, utilizing two cameras and two camera people. It was nicely edited to include on-screen graphics and timely placed 'b-roll' shots. All produced by Rye TV–free of charge.
Yet, to have Rye TV film RGC meetings requires a cost analysis?
According to the Tweet above, Mayor Sack took Rye TV on the road with him again recently, and will be debuting a new show very soon in which he utilizes the wealth of mobile technology Rye's Cable and Communications department has to offer.
Wonder if Mr. Pickup was asked to provide a cost estimate for this one, or for any of the other handful of shows that Mr. Sack has hosted or shot around town that included field production by Rye TV in the past?
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These general points and concerns were raised to Mayor Sack in emails over the past week and days, with no acknowledgement from his office.
In the meantime, the City of Rye and the Rye Golf Club Commission has already–or is the process of–hiring a new pool director, hiring a new general manger, outsourcing the entire food & beverage operations (catering, restaurant and/or snack bar), restructuring how dues can and can't be paid by its members, discussing upwards of $500,000 in repairs to Whitby Castle, seeking updates on $1.5-2MM in fraud insurance claims and more–all while its members are being kept in the dark.
0:00:36 - Introduction of Steve Newman, New RGC Pool Director
0:03:06 - Swim Team Parents Concerns / Afternoon Practice Request
0:18:02 - Member Proposal - Junior Youth Caddie Program
0:37:52 - Member Proposal - New 35yo & Under Membership Category
0:53:34 - Whitby Window Repair/Replacement - Lisa Easton (Architect)
1:23:10 - Golf Pro Report
1:34:49 - Greens Superintendent Report
1:56:00 - Rye Golf Commission/Member Email System
2:00:32 - Board of Health
2:01:53 - Videotaping of RGC Commission Meetings
2:06:24 - Letter to Membership
2:07:38 - Membership Survey
2:14:20 - Whitby Castle RFP Update
2:20:47 - Member Requests for Consideration
2:33:47 - Emelin Theatre Fundraiser Request
2:40:12 - House Membership Cap
2:42:44 - Web Site Updating
2:44:19 - General Manager Search Update
2:47:16 - Kiss My Face Offer
2:51:13 - RGC Committees
3:04:06 - New Snack Bar/Picnic Shelter Canopy