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Monday, January 13, 2014

For the involved resident—many ways to keep up with city meetings and videos

Before cable TV, the only way a Saint Paul resident could actually see their City Council in action was to attend the meeting.  Today, not only can our residents watch the meetings on cable TV (City Cable Channel 18) but anyone who has an internet connection can view the Saint Paul City Council meetings, both live and replay, from anywhere in the world.
Watching government meetings may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but numerous municipal surveys conducted around the Twin Cities area over the years consistently reflect that approximately 20 percent of cable TV subscribers tune in to watch their city meetings on a frequent or occasional basis.   And now, having internet access means anyone who wants to can watch the city’s meetings, including the ability to go directly to a specific agenda item.   To do this, simply go the City Council section at, click on the All Meetings, link on the right side of the page.  This will direct you to a calendar of both upcoming and recent meetings, including their agendas and meeting video.   Select the meeting you wish to view by clicking on the “video” link.  Once that meeting is playable, you will then be able to click on a specific agenda item, as listed under the video on the left side of the page and it will take you directly to that item.   

You can also use the e-subscription feature on the city’s home webpage.  This button, located on the right column, will direct you to a page where you can sign up to receive city announcements for city meetings, agendas, city videos, as well as a plethora of other city activities and information. 
In addition to watching city meetings, the city also provides you with a library of more than 750 videos produced by the city’s Communications Services division.  
From Adopt a Fire Hydrant to …

Zoo Boo at Como Zoo, there is a wealth of city information literally from A to Z.   And there continues to be a growing interest in watching city videos and meetings online as illustrated below.   

If you’re more of a Vimeo person, you can find us there as well!


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