Columbia begins live streaming some of its meetings

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COLUMBIA - Columbia has begun live streaming some of its meetings to give the public more access.

Starting Tuesday, the city will live stream the Board of Adjustment meetings. Sara Humm, public communications specialist, said the Columbia City Council wants people to be involved in government, especially board and commission meetings open to the public. 

"Really it's another way of making sure that we have lots of opportunities for people to be involved in the community because we want people to give their input," Humm said. "We're making it as easy for them as we can by making this available." 

The city also started streaming the Planning and Zoning Commissions meetings on June 9th. 

Humm said efforts are underway to encourage members of the community to watch meetings and talk to their council members. 

"We get a lot of tweets about planning and zoning and zoning downtown and things like that. We encourage people to attend meetings or reach out to council members and voice their opinions," she said. "We encourage people to reach out on social media but we want that conversation to continue." 

To view the live stream, go to gocolumbiamo.legistar.com. The "video" tab will be highlighted blue a few minutes before the meeting is set to begin. You can click on that tab to watch in real time. 

The video is closed captioned and has a person signing the meeting for the hearing impaired. Archived meeting video is also available. 

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