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New video program works well

When the city of Rosemount decided to drop its live web streaming of meetings last year, it also decided to try a cheaper video service for the meetings it posts afterward.

So far the service, called Vimeo, has worked well and is saving the city thousands of dollars said communications director Alan Cox.

The city cut its live web-streaming of city council and planning commission meetings as a way to trim its budget. Cox said the council couldn't justify the cost for the few people who were using the service.

However, the city continues to post city council and planning commission meetings online the day after. After looking at several alternatives Cox said they decided to go with Vimeo. Cox said they could not go with YouTube because of the company's 11 minute time limit for videos.

While Vimeo has a free service, Cox said the city opted to pay $60 a year for some additional services the company offers, including higher video quality. Last year the city paid $4,739 for web services so there was still a considerable savings.

Cox said while the transition to different sections of the meeting isn't as smooth, generally the service works well. He said they have more storage with Vimeo and better video quality.

Cox said he hasn't received any feedback from residents about the switch.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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