Paying for what was free
by Lisa Tome
David Warnick could have been raking in the dough. For months, Warnick has been volunteering to videotape the Rising Sun town meetings and post them on youtube.com. He even missed family events and his anniversary so he could be at the meetings. But last week, Town Commissioner Travis Marion made a move that will relieve Warnick of his duty. He agreed to contract with Cassidy Video to record the meetings. Marion said that the base price for recording is $450 per meeting or about $12,600 per year, depending on meeting cancellations.
For that cost, the town receives the use of a professional videographer, professional grade camcorder, tripod, monitors, mixer, and wireless microphones.
For meetings which exceed the two hour time frame, there will be a $25 per hour charge for each 30 minutes. To post the meeting to the designated town youtube.com account, the cost is $75 for the first two hours. If the Town chooses to post the video to youtube.com, the video will be available by Thursday from a Tuesday meeting. It will be posted by the company on youtube.com by Friday from a Tuesday meeting.
The town board agreed to a four-year contract with Cassidy Video. They can opt out after one year. Marion said this item is in the town budget. Mayor Bob Fisher said he believes the cost is too high and suggested that the town pay Warnick.
Warnick can't be paid for the job because he is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Taking payment from the town would be a conflict of interest. Marion said that Warnick has been taping the meetings because the two are friends and Marion asked Warnick to help.
Commissioner Stephen Naughton said he viewed the demo video made by Cassidy. He said that the product was "professional" and said "this is money well spent."
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