[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Passaic 6-24-2008 by Ord. No. 1767-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Administration of government — See Ch. 5.
Videotaping the meetings of the City Council is hereby permitted, subject to the regulations set forth below:
Videotaping shall not be permitted to interfere, obstruct or otherwise disturb the proceedings;
All videotaping must be done in an unobtrusive manner. No artificial photographic lighting shall be permitted. The equipment used must be operated silently;
Video equipment must be positioned at the back of the meeting room, or such other location designated by the Council President, so as not to obstruct or interfere with the view or participation of others in the meetings;
In order to enable the City Council to ensure the accuracy of such videotapes, a person intending to videotape a City Council meeting must give prior written notice to the City Clerk's office by 3:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting and must agree to provide the City Council with an unedited copy of the videotape within 24 hours of the meeting without cost to the Council. Failure to comply with this requirement shall be grounds for denying future taping;
The City Council has the right to suspend videotaping, by a recorded roll-call vote of a majority of those members present and voting, under the following circumstances:
During any portion of a meeting wherein a member of the public wishes to address the City Council and not be recorded;
At any time where such recording would cause a substantial increase in the threat of or the potential for harm to a participant or Council member or would otherwise interfere with the proceedings; or
For other good cause based on the facts of a certain situation;
The City of Passaic is not liable for any equipment lost or damaged which is used to videotape the City Council meetings; and
No more than two cameras shall be used at any one time, on a first-come-first-served basis. The Council President shall have the discretion on how many cameras may be used on a first-come-first-basis.