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Council cuts online streaming of meetings

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Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The city of Rosemount will no longer stream its city council and planning commission meetings live on the Internet. The city cut the service as a way to reduce spending.

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City administrator Dwight Johnson said this past spring city staff put together a list of 30 things that could be cut to reduce city spending. The council narrowed the list to 10 things, which will result in $90,000 to $100,000 in reduced spending per year.

While the council has made communicating with residents a top priority, Johnson said very few people viewed the live streaming and that it was expensive.

"It cost more than $10 per viewer. It was not a good bang for the buck," said Johnson.

Recordings of the regular city council and planning commission meetings will be available online a day or two after the meeting. Local cable access channels also will continue to show the meetings.

Additional cuts the council made to reduce spending include no longer taking in stray cats, reducing the amount of herbicide and pesticide the city uses on its turf and reducing the number of newsletters and brochures that go out in the mail.

By making the cuts the city was able to lower its 2011 levy, which means the city's share of taxes will go down for most residents in 2011. Exactly how the reductions will affect residents has yet to be seen.

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