Pike County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to discontinue use of a camera to record board meetings on Facebook.
Board president Robert Accardo noted the camera was installed during a COVID-19 lockdown last year. He said cables from the camera across the floor pose a trip hazard.
The proposal met with immediate pushback from Supervisor Sam Hall.
“There’s so many people that now they can see the board meetings. They love it,” Hall said.
“I think we’d be doing them a disservice if we discontinue it.”
Supervisor Lee Fortenberry said he’s gotten a few calls from people who watched the meetings online and misunderstood what transpired.
Accardo said the videotaped meetings get just 75 to 80 views, and added that board meetings are reported in the Enterprise-Journal.
He said the current set-up is “a poor system” — a camera on a tripod in the main aisle and a microphone on a chair that doesn’t adequately pick up voices to the side.
But Hall said supervisors should get a better system.
“People in my community, they really appreciate it,” he said of the coverage.
Accardo, Fortenberry and Supervisor Jake Gazzo voted to remove the camera and mike, while Hall and Tazwell Bowsky opposed.
“I don’t understand why we don’t want people to see what’s going on,” Hall persisted after the vote. “I don’t have anything to hide.
“Most people cannot be here at 8 o’clock in the morning, but they can tune in.”