Director's Column

Chief Information Officer Sid Hudson

A New Age Is Here

McKinney Courier Gazette, July 16, 2017

Have you ever watched a City Council meeting online or live on Spectrum Cable, channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99? You may have been slightly disappointed by the fuzzy video quality and sound. We get it, our current systems are outdated and unreliable. The good news is, those days are over. 

Chief Information Officer Sid Hudson

Sid Hudson

Council Chambers A/V Upgrade

We’re racing into the new age. The City of McKinney Council Chambers will undergo renovations starting July 19 for a visual facelift and to update its audio-video equipment to provide high-quality video streaming online. With the new upgrades, residents and stakeholders will be able to view live city meetings not only through cable providers or online, but also on tablet and mobile devices. Furthermore, the renovations will include a new projection system to display presentation materials during the meetings and flat panel screens in the lobby to allow overflow crowds to clearly see and hear the meeting in progress. In addition to video and visual upgrades, a hearing assistance system to help those with hearing difficulties will be available upon request.

The project will be funded though payments the city receives from the Public, Education and Government Channel Funding program.

New Meeting Locations

While the renovation upgrades are in process, all meetings planned after July 19 will be moved to alternate locations. All City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings will be held at the Collin County Commissioners Court and board meetings for the McKinney Economic Development Corporation and the McKinney Community Development Corporation will be held at the John & Judy Gay Library. All meetings will still be aired live on Spectrum Cable, Ch. 16 and AT&T U-Verse, Ch. 99. The meetings will also continue to be rebroadcast throughout the week on air and online.

The city is excited about the new system package that will work seamlessly together and offer more efficient and higher-quality programming for residents. Everyone will be able to access the meetings and enjoy the clarity the new system provides. 

Get Involved In Your City. Attend City Council and Board and Commission Meetings

In the meantime, the McKinney City Council invites and encourages the public to attend all Council and board and commission meetings. Below are the temporary locations for meetings: 

City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings
Collin County Commissioners Court, located on the 4th floor of the Jack Hatchell Collin County Administration Building, 2300 Bloomdale Rd., located at the corner of Bloomdale Road and Community Avenue.

McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) Board meetings

John & Judy Gay Library, 6861 Eldorado Pkwy.