00-0589R

RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE TELEVISING OF ALL CITY COUNCIL AGENDA SESSIONS IN THE 2001 CONTRACT WITH DULUTH-SUPERIOR PUBLIC ACCESS COMMUNITY TELEVISION, INC.

BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

WHEREAS, the present contract between the city of Duluth and PACT provides for live telecast of the regular Duluth City Council meetings; and

WHEREAS, said contract provides for the live or delayed cable cast, upon four days notice to PACT from the administrative assistant, of agenda sessions, budget meetings, and committee of the whole council meetings of special public interest; and

WHEREAS, the city council deems it desirable to further inform the public of its operations by having its agenda sessions telecasted live on a regular basis;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby requests the administration to provide for the regular telecast of its agenda sessions in the 2001 contract with the Duluth-Superior Public Access Community Television, Inc.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the administration is requested to get a cost and logistical assessment from PACT concerning the televising of agenda sessions so that the data can be included in the 2001 budget process.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution requests the administration to secure contract services of PACT to televise the agenda sessions on a regular basis during the year 2001. The present PACT contract expires at the end of the year 2000. It provides for the regular live telecasting of Duluth City Council meetings and for the televising of agenda sessions and budget sessions of special interest if four days prior notice was given to PACT by the administrative assistant. The parties did not contemplate that agenda sessions would be regularly televised and the contract provides that those that are televised may be replayed on a tape delayed basis subject to other scheduling. This resolution requests that agenda sessions be televised on the same basis as regular city council meetings. It further requests PACT to do an assessment of the cost and logistical problems of televising live agenda sessions so that problems may be handled in the budget process.