American Fork will live stream city council meetings

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American Fork Mayor James Hadfield(Photo courtesy American Fork city)

American Fork Mayor J.H. Hadfield is excited for residents to watch American Fork City Council meetings live online. (Photo courtesy American Fork city)

AMERICAN FORK — The American Fork City Council will begin broadcasting its meetings live on afcity.org starting Tuesday, Oct. 13.

“It has a primary goal in City leadership to improve communication with residents and engage them in the decisions and operations affecting the community,” said Mayor J.H. Hadfield in a press release. “With this incredible technology, residents can either watch meetings online live or they can access archived videos of past meetings.”

The new technology allows council members to vote digitally, which makes it easy for residents to track how each council member is voting.

In the future, the City Council hopes to stream planning commission meetings and work session meetings. For now, there will only be live coverage of city council meetings.

City Administrator Craig Whitehead foresees the technology as helping with resident interactions with the Council and streamlining projects.

“This is just the start of what we hope to accomplish,” Whitehead said. “The civic-engagement software we are implementing really does improve transparency and accountability for elected officials and staff.”

Watch the city council meetings live on afcity.org.

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While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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