It will soon be lights, camera, action at Queen Creek Town Hall. The Town Council last week approved a contract with Phoenix-based Orange Screen Productions to film and do postproduction work on 24 council meetings.
The taped meetings will air on local Cox cable Channel 11 and will be streamed from the town's Web site www.queencreek.org beginning in April, town spokeswoman Marnie Schubert said.
Council members will go through training, and equipment such as lights, microphones and cables will be installed, Schubert said.
"We'll be giving them tips on colors to wear on camera and mannerisms," she said. "Since they haven't been filmed before, these are tips to make them more comfortable."
The contract is not to exceed $100,000 and covers the filming and postproduction work on a year's worth of council meetings. The contract provides the town with a soundboard, microphones, cable and lighting, and the company will use its own cameras for now.
"This will give us a year and then we'll be able to get the latest and greatest cameras," Schubert said, comparing the technology to computers - they get outdated quickly and prices drop. "At the end of the year we'll go back and buy cameras, and we'll be completely set."
Filming the meetings and making them available on television and the Web site has been part of the council's strategic plan for years, town officials said.
Councilman-elect Jeff Brown said he is a proponent of broadcasting the Town Council meetings.
"I think that it gives transparency to government and allows people to be involved in the process where they wouldn't otherwise be able to because of their busy schedules," he said. "They can see what's going on in their town at their own convenience."