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Denton City Hall.

During its work session Tuesday, the Denton City Council is scheduled to revisit a matter it had set aside in April: which public meetings should be videotaped.

Currently, the city livestreams and archives video of council meetings as well as meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Utilities Board, Economic Development Partnership Board, Mobility Committee and the Traffic Safety Commission.

In April, council members agreed to expand the city’s recording capabilities and approved the purchase of new equipment and support contract that can auto-record meetings.

The equipment frees up the city’s video staff for other projects. But the added capacity isn’t unlimited. Billy Matthews, DTV manager, told council members in April that he thought the equipment would allow about 50 more meetings be recorded each year.

Council members put off deciding which board or commission meetings would be added to the video schedule.

On Tuesday, the staff is expected to propose that the council consider adding the Board of Ethics and Zoning Board of Adjustment to those video archives. The council could add either without cutting the current video schedule. But to add both, the Traffic Safety Commission or another board’s meetings would likely be cut from the recording schedule.

Growing public interest in the proceedings of the ethics board triggered putting its meetings to the top of the list.

The board itself asked that the city post audio recordings of its meetings in an effort to boost its transparency even though it’s not always clear who is speaking on the recordings. While posted on Dropbox, they are considered an official public record.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body that hears certain zoning cases that don’t go to the City Council, which adds to the value of video archives of its meetings.

The item is part of a workshop and special session scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at City Hall. The council also is expected to talk about the upcoming $222 million bond election, the $1.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, a request by the developers of Rayzor Ranch for a special taxing district and reports from City Auditor Umesh Dalal.

The City Council’s annual retreat is also scheduled this week — a daylong meeting Saturday at Texas Woman’s University. State law does not require the agenda be posted until Wednesday, but the council typically settles on its policy priorities for the coming year during its annual retreat.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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