Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meetings may soon be accessible on the internet, following a unanimous vote by the board at its meeting to begin filming the regular sessions.

On Monday, the board voted to purchase a $750 directional camera to be used for recording its meetings. At its previous meeting on March 18, the board received a presentation from Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Computer Analyst Tim Heard on the options available to them as far as recording and live-streaming its meetings.

Tim Heard at Supes

Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Computer Analyst Tim Heard at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. The board approved the purchase of equipment to record its meetings. (Photo by Charlie Benton, SDN)

At the March 18 meeting, the board voted to take a closer look at the possibility of livestreaming its meetings.

Under Monday’s vote, the board’s meetings will initially be posted online afterward, with a possibility to move to livestreaming at a later date.

The camera approved by the board is rotational and voice-activated, meaning it will automatically focus on whoever is speaking.

If the recording of the meetings is successful, the board will consider live-streaming in three months. The trial period was approved by a 3-2 vote from the board, with Miller and Trainer opposed.

For more on the vote and discussion, read Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.

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