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The City of Evanston will manage Evanston/Skokie School District 65’s public meeting videos under an agreement scheduled to be approved by aldermen tonight.

The deal follows the termination earlier this year of agreements both governmental units had with Evanston Community Television to produce live and recorded coverage of their meetings.

The city recently has hired a full-time video communication specialist in the information technology division of its Administrative Services Department to provide the service. The school board has agreed to pay the city $25,000 a year to support the position.

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Because many school and city meetings happen at the same time, the city will also have to hire a camera operator on a part-time basis to be able to cover all the meetings, Erica Storlie, the acting director of administrative services, told Evanston Now.

While ECTV’s website still indicates it offers the school and city channels online, the service has apparently not been available there for some time.

Lilo Schuster, head of the ECTV board, says the group hasn’t had the money to be able to update the website to reflect the changes.

The city meeting videos are available on the city’s YouTube channel and the District 65 meeting videos are available on the school district’s YouTube channel.

ECTV continues to operate public access Channel 6 and the studio facility in the city’s service center, Storlie added.

Schuster said the group has also stopped live streaming Channel 6 content because of limited resources.

That means Channel 6 programming now is only available through the Comcast cable television and AT&T U-verse video services.

Schuster says the nonprofit ECTV is working to increase fundraising and to generate additional revenue by renting out the production facilities it leases from the city for $1 a year for commercial productions.

Schuster says Storlie has told her the city doesn’t want to be involved in running the public access channel and is happy to have ECTV provide that service.

In addition to the studio facilities, ECTV also lets its members use portable video equipment for their own productions.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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