You will soon be able to check in on what the Caldwell council has been up to from the convenience of your living room couch or smartphone.
The Caldwell Council unanimously approved the installation of a video recording system in the council chambers for the future filming of borough meetings. The camera system and installation will cost approximately $32,000, of which about 80 percent will be paid for by a grant.
Council and other governmental meetings will not be aired live, although the video system will have that capability, said Business Administrator Paul Carelli. After meetings are recorded, they will be aired on Channel 35 and accessible on the borough’s website for viewing.
The camera system — comprised of three stationary cameras installed on the council chambers’ walls — is expected to be operational by the council meeting on Nov. 19, said Carelli.
Former councilman Doug Piazza said the addition of a video recording system to the council chambers was long over due. Piazza, who recalled working on getting a recording system in place during his time on the council, said the council’s goal should ultimately be to broadcast the videos live.
“Thank you for finally getting this thing passed,” said Piazza.
“I would hope that we do look to make sure that [the video system] is a live feed because [if not] it would defeat one of the major purposes of why we were spending that money in the first place.”