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BCWA Meetings Are Now Available Online

Where to find BCWA taped meetings online.

In addition to being aired on Cox Cable on Sundays at 2 and 7pm, Channel 16,  and Full Channel on Tuesdays at 1 and 7pm, Channel 17, the meetings of the Bristol County Water Authority will now be available for online viewing.

The March 14, 2012 BCWA meeting is currently available on Vimeo.

You can also view this on my Facebook page (marina peterson), and Twitter page (eastbaypatriots), and on the East Bay Patriots website. BCWA will also be posting these links on their website as well.

We should have the April 4th and 12th meetings available by next week.  This is vacation week so that is the reason for the delay. In the future they should be available within a few days of the actual meeting.

Special thanks to Brian Latessa, Jesse Dufault, Sean Donahue, Doug Sampson, Luke Latessa, and Susan Andrade, along with many others, for helping to put this all together.  There was definitely a learning curve here and we appreciate everyone's  patience as we "followed the curve".

As you probably know, the taping is being done by videography students from Brian Latessa's class at .  This is an invaluable experience for them, both in the practical video/editing expierience, and in being an active part of their community.  I am really proud of them for volunteering to help with this project.

By being able to view the actual sub-committee and board meetings, ratepayers will have a better understanding of the workings of the board of directors and can be kept informed of the issues being addressed. 

Transparency (that horribly overworked word) IS important.

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Antonio A Teixeira April 16, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Marina - Thank you for all your work and out-of-pocket expenses to make it possible. Thank you to Mr. Latessa the students and Jesse for their efforts to insure that the East Bay area residents have first hand observation of the BCWA Board of Directors meetings.
Manifold Witness April 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Very revealing, to say the least. Thanks to Marina, Mr. Latessa & all those who are making this happen for the community! Thanks also to all those who made "transparency" a familiar word - a necessary response when transparency is lacking. Now, it’s nice to celebrate the transparency that has resulted from the efforts of the Tri-Town community.
Bristol County Anonymous April 16, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Thank you Mr. Latessa, & students - this public service is much appreciated. Thanks Mr. DeWitt (he attended the meeting), and Mr. Teixeira for monitering the situation. Greatly appreciate the efforts & questions of the new directors, Marina, Gary, Mr. Huett, and Brian. Mr. Jannitto and the $375 per hour Sandra Mack need to go - they are obstacles to progress. Just watch the "Vimeo" and it's obvious why. Mr. Jannitto had nothing substantive to offer for the entire meeting (as usual). And Ms. Mack tried to derail the efforts on the part of the new directors to pursue and RFP for legal services (now apparantly on hold?). There are many problems to fix, due to the broken down infrastructure and lack of a redundant water supply. Continued monitering is necessary.
marina peterson April 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Just a note: I had said that last week's meting would be online today. I forgot that it is Spring break and I don't have the assistance of the school available. I am going to try and get it online myself.... but can't make any promises. As I said before.. there is a definite learning curve here. If I succeed I will send out an email. Thanks for spreading the word on the availability!
Jack Baillargeron April 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM
So glad this has finally worked out Marina, Since I am very limited now on when I can attend metings at the BCWA, tis is great for me. I alo hope many of those ratepayers who also could not attend in the past, or felt they were not heard, keep up with these meetings online. What upsets one ratepayer may not be the same for another, so you have to listen to what is said. It makes it very easy to do no, so thanks again marina for staying on top off this and the students and all invovled imking this work. (If government is not transparent, it is tranny) ;-}
Jack Baillargeron April 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Here's a thought, if mack and jannetto saw how they perform on video at the meeting's, would they then join in to demand their own resignation, ( I think so ) lol.
marina peterson April 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
You're welcome Jack! It is a project that was/is very important to me. I am so glad that the information is available to so many people now, via Full Channel, Cox, and the internet. Now it's up to the ratepayers to watch the meetings and respond if they have something to say. I have found that the new Executive Director is open and available for comments and suggestions. My goal is to keep this going as long as possible. We had a few snags in the beginning, tech wise, but I think we are all straightened out now. Thanks for your untiring support!
Jack Baillargeron April 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
You are quite welcome Marina, Those who speak out accomplish the bulding of a free society, those who do not speak out are enslaved an wonder how they came to be enslaved, yet still do not speak out. ;-}.
Gina April 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
What in the heck is that about ??...I wonder if maybe it's because it has a version of the word slave in it ? Maybe they made a mistake ??
Jack Baillargeron April 17, 2012 at 08:08 PM
it was a mistake lol, I found it hilarious however lol. no biggy

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