By Kim Siebert MacPhail
A project that’s been years in the making—the installation of a videotaping system in the Town Hall’s Selectmen Meeting Room—moved a giant step forward on October 7 when the Selectmen awarded contract to perform the work to Valley Communications of Chicopee.
Town Manager Rick Reed said that the design portion of the project had been already been funded through an earlier Town Meeting appropriation. The only bid for the project itself came from Valley Communications for a total $61,568.49, to be paid by Bedford’s accumulated PEG [Public, Educational, and Governmental] Access funds— a contractually-designated percentage of residents’ monthly cable television subscription fees.
Reed described the video system as a roll-away console at the back of the room that will allow a technician to record any meeting held in the room. When the equipment is not in use, the console can be pushed back against the wall to reclaim seating space.
Facilities Director Richard Jones added that a total of four cameras and multiple microphones are included in the project.
The Selectmen were unanimous in their approval to award the contract.