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Lodi Councilwoman Mounce wants Downtown webcam brought back online

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:11 pm

Lodi City Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce used a free comment period during Tuesday morning's "shirtsleeve" meeting to question City Manager Rad Bartlam as to why the Downtown webcam on the city's web site has been disabled.

She made clear she wants the 24/7 live streaming camera located at the corner of School and Elm Streets up and running.

The News-Sentinel ran a story Tuesday about how the Downtown webcam link had been taken down from the city's web site on Monday.

We reported that instead of reconfiguring programming to keep the link to the camera running city officials decided to just remove the link. The city purchased the camera and installed it Lodi Stadium 12 Cinemas in 2008 at a cost of $2,900.

Tuesday morning Mounce, who was mayor when the camera was installed,  said she was disappointed and wanted Bartlam to explain why the live stream was discontinued.

"First of all it didn't work very well," Bartlam said. "That doesn't mean it can't necessarily can't work again. But to tell you the truth, we've had very few people ask about why it's not been on. So to me that suggests maybe it's really not necessary."

After the meeting, Mounce said she plans to push the issue and try to get the camera running again. 

What do you think? Should the city reconfigure the programming and bring back the Downtown webcam?

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1 comment:

  • Jackson Scott posted at 5:06 pm on Wed, Nov 20, 2013.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Webcams are a nice, cute, warm & fuzzy thing, but does it really DO anything for the city or downtown businesses? No, probably not.

    Joanne, don't you have more important things to tackle? How about pension reform? How about looking into hiring an Economic Development Director? Or maybe looking into cutting overtime and hiring more Policemen?

    Oh, forget that last one... you'd have to pay the benefits too. Bad idea.

     

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