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Council meeting dogged by technical issues



This news story was published on September 19, 2012.
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Council members Janet Solberg and John Lee point out the features on their new iPads, replacing 3-ring binders.

by Matt Marquardt –

MASON CITY – As if the issues on the table at last night’s city council meeting we’re complicated enough, the council faced its share of technical issues during its meeting as well.

NIT readers have been complaining since last night that there was no sound on the Mediacom-televised meeting.

“There is absolutely no audio coming through on channel 4,” one NIT reader said via text message as the meeting was in progress.  “What a mess.”

Another called our office and said there “is no sound.  What the hell is going on over there?”

Then, as Mercy COO Diane Fischels prepared to speak on the important Mercy expansion project, a video she planned to show to the council and audience would not play on the viewing screen.

“We see it on our monitor,” City Administrator Brent Trout said, “but we do not see it on the screen.”

“Can you wing it?” Mayor Eric  Bookmeyer asked.

“We’ll go with plan B,” Fischels said.

“Alright, technology,” Bookmeyer said.

Adding to the frustrations, it was noticeable during the meeting that some microphones in front of council members again were not working.  This is typical at most of the Mason City Council meetings.

Topping things off, the council, for the first time, brought their new iPads to the council meeting.  The iPads replaced the clunky 3-ring binders that contained hard copies of the council packets, typically hundreds of pages long.  The iPads have electronic versions of the packets in them and council members can write notes in a program on the iPads.  There is no internet connection for the iPads during the meeting, council members said.

John Lee and Janet Solberg said before the meeting started that they had just recently gotten the iPads and were in the process of discovering all they are capable of.

During the meeting, council members could be seen flicking at the screens and browsing the packet information, moving from page to page.

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7 Responses to Council meeting dogged by technical issues

  1. badpontiac Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Must have been bad for the taxpayers – teleprompter went kaput !

  2. Mendee Neitzke Reply Report comment

    September 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    It was very nice of NIT to post a digital copy of the last meeting online. Do you possibly have the missing sound from this meeting that you could make available through YouTube?

    • Hi J Reply Report comment

      September 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      bookmeyer and torniquist feel utube is beneath them. They both stated that a city council meeting and if they said they didn’t just take the iPads we the tax payers are paying for and look it up!!

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      September 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Yes we will post some stories on the council meeting and there will be video… thanks for you patience just been busy writing other stories today.

  3. Just the facts Reply Report comment

    September 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    So, we’re going to run the ‘silent’ council meeting reruns for two weeks? What a bunch of idiots. Well ok then, isn’t that what slapstick comedy is?

  4. Observer Reply Report comment

    September 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    They need to go out into the field and test everthing before they deploy. And I believe that the Library owns and operates that room, and it’s equipment. Thus it is upon them to make it right. And where is Mediacom? It’s their duty to test and repair their connection prior to air time.

    In short, co-ordination.

  5. LVS Reply Report comment

    September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Well, they have to learn. Sounds like they need a good I.T. person to straighten out their other issues.