County IT selects Grand Junction tech group to cover remote meetings |

County IT selects Grand Junction tech group to cover remote meetings

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

For months the Garfield County commissioners have been working on holding their regular meetings at remote sites around the county as a way of reaching out to voters.

Unfortunately for the board of county commissioners and the residents of certain towns, a lack of technical equipment for recording and broadcasting has limited the BOCC’s options for such remote meetings.

Until now.

The county’s Information Technology department has picked a Grand Junction company, AudioVideo Experts, as offering the most appropriate combination of equipment and price for the job, at a cost of $3,527.

There were two other bidders, said IT official Abe Dress, but their proposals were “more high-tech than we needed, basically.” He said there were 10 other potential bidders contacted, but only three responded.

According to AVE’s proposal, the equipment will include eight microphones, a 10-channel mixer and amplifier, two speakers, and other gear that includes cables, stands and cases.

Dress said the gear is to be completely portable and will be moved from site to site in a county van.

County Manager Ed Green said the equipment is not likely to be needed until a meeting planned for the Battlement Mesa Community Center, which may take place in late September.

The community center is one of several possible meeting venues around that county that lack the kind of equipment needed to record the meetings and either broadcast them live on area community access stations or use the recordings for later broadcast.

The AVE proposal will be discussed at the BOCC’s next regular meeting, on Aug. 2 at the county administration building, 108 8th St. in Glenwood Springs.

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