Let’s keep Brigantine 2nd homeowners in the dark. It certainly seems that way. WATCH VIDEO. “You can DVR it”, says the snickering Simpson, obviously not caring that 75% of taxpayers don’t have access to the local signal.
It’s well noted that U-stream used to record & archive every meeting. It worked great and was cheap. Well less than $100 per month to do this.
Councilperson McClay was accurate in her assessment of U-stream, whereas Bennett defended in a some-what opaque, less than transparent way. Quoting a cost of $500 per month was not accurate for Brigantine’s specific need. The U-stream $99 package will get the job done.
Listen & Watch Video Below > Chief Bennett reported that the $99 package is not available to government agencies. Not true. All that is needed is pre-payment via credit card, which is normal for purchasing web services online.
Ex-Police Chief / City webmaster Reed originally try to scare council by saying it would cost well over $1,200 per month for web broadcasting & archiving council meetings, and then making them available on-demand. That was a total fabrication designed to keep 2nd home owners in the dark.
At the time, Reed was ‘grandfathered’ into a cheap $20 per month deal for the U-stream auto-recording & archive service. Reed decided to let that subscription lapse. U-stream then deleted 2 years’ worth of legal video recording of Brigantine City council meetings. Note: those video clips were considered 100% admissible & accurate in a court of law…..whereas a typical City Clerk document of meeting minutes are sparse, spotty and when compared to video are severely edited. Some call them ‘white-washed’.
The Brigantine City website is a public owned asset, not a propaganda tool for any political party.
A municipality should have never allowed a public union employee like Police Chief Reed to act as the city’s communication, web, marketing, PR & tourism person for the city. It’s a conflict of interest and invites plenty of mischief. Example: it’s well-documented that ex-Police Chief Reed managed his own private business directory on the City website…with no Council OK or oversight. Reed also created an un-official Facebook page using the City logo and credentials, and was sole owner of the City’s domain name ‘bb-nj.com’. Last but not least, Brigantine’s ex-police Chief Reed was ultimately confronted by a former public safety director about his access to reading council’s private emails. Thankfully, Reed is gone. Unfortunately, taxpayers are on the hook for Reed’s pension & healthcare for a very long time.
Moving forward……there is a bright spot on the horizon.
Jim Bennett is now Brigantine’s official Police Chief. He’s a great cop, emergency manager & city leader. It’s about time he became Police Chief. But most believe he should not manage City marketing & communications. That’s a critical, full time job for a non-partisan professional.
Digital Monkey Business Going on For Years. WATCH >