Town Board Meeting, June 15, 2017

I make the videos of Pine Plains public meetings as a service to the community as part of Pine Plains Views. The videos are unofficial and not recognized let alone authorized by the Town Board. I, like any citizen, may record municipal public meetings as authorized by the NY State Open Meetings Law section 103:

“1. Any meeting of a public body that is open to the public shall be open to being photographed, broadcast, webcast, or otherwise recorded and/or transmitted by audio or video means. As used herein the term “broadcast” shall also include the transmission of signals by cable.”

I try, as best I can under these informal circumstances, to show the meeting from the perspective of a citizen in the room at the time, allowing the camera to zoom and pan to follow the action. In order to maintain objectivity, I do not edit the video:  the beginning and end of the meeting is the start and stop of the tape. Nothing is cut out.

In the current case, however, there was a problem.

The Durst Organization came to the Town Board to make a presentation about the NND project and brought equipment to project a PowerPoint presentation.  You will see the entire setup process and then, once the projector has been turned on, you will  notice horizontal bars of color moving up and down the screen,  a problem with DLP projectors.  If you are ever in a situation where you are projecting something that will be recorded on video, use an LCD projector and you will look good!

I tried to remedy this on the fly, but was not able to. I had to turn the camera off in order to change some settings and that did not work. My only choice was to shoot, awkwardly and unsteadily, over the shoulder of the person operating a laptop computer holding the content of the presentation.

Here is where I stopped the camera to try to fix the problem.  It is not a content edit.

A PDF document of the Durst PowerPoint presentation — without sound but picture perfect — has been made available to the town and can be viewed here.

The following segment is the open meeting after the board returned from executive session.

Planning Board Workshop and Meeting, Feb. 8, 2017

 
Before the formal meeting opened there was an informal workshop workshop. I started filming the workshop as agreed with chairman, John Forelle, after there was a quorum. The formal meeting was called to order at 9:52 minutes. I have included part of the workshop in this video in order to give the community a feel for what a workshop is like.

Town Board, January 19, 2017

To watch in full screen, click the arrow box at the lower right corner of the video.full-screen-prompt

The videos of public meetings on Pine Plains Views are neither authorized nor recognized by the Pine Plains town government.  They are presented here as a community service authorized by the New York State Open Meetings Law:

Any meeting of a public body that is open to the public shall be open to being photographed, broadcast, webcast, or otherwise recorded and/or transmitted by audio or video means. As used herein the term “broadcast” shall also include the transmission of signals by cable.  

Trails Committee Landowners’ Presentation

Although I am no longer filming the public meetings on a regular basis, I will film those which I feel will have a particular impact on the community.

A reminder: This website does not have any official (or non-official, for that matter) relationship to the Town of Pine Plains. It is a personal documentary project as described on the right-hand sidebar. The filming and presentation of the public meetings is only for artistic purposes and is not authorized — or even recognized — by the town government. The town has its own website at www.pineplains-ny.gov.

Revitalization

The community of Pine Plains was invited to a presentation of the results of a study of the revitalization of Pine Plains.  Comments were invited afterwards.

I faced any number of technical difficulties in producing this video, but I have squeezed out the best I could do on the budget I had to work with.  My apologies. But what do you expect for nothing?