City goes quiet on plans to record council meetings

The City installed analogue recording equipment in the chambers in 2007.

According to the May 26 council agenda, there were �issues and limitations� with the form of recording.

�The audio recording did not capture all conversations in council chambers; the system only recorded the person speaking directly into the microphone and only one microphone could be turned on at once,� the agenda read.

�Because of this, there was an inconsistency in the capture of resolutions and voting.�

For a new recording system to be installed, network connectivity, staff training and improved storage, City officers estimated it would cost $82,100, with annual costs expected to be $15,000.

The risks of recording meetings outlined in the agenda included councillors being personally responsible for comments made at council meetings that may result in reduced comment and debate.