Penn Hills officials have partnered with a local television production company to upload monthly council meetings onto a YouTube channel in an effort to improve transparency and accessibility with residents.
PVN Productions, owned by Vince Lagrotteria, of Plum, will produce videos of Penn Hills Council’s monthly meetings for $300 per month.
Lagrotteria has also agreed to produce other various videos and upload them all onto the “Municipality of Penn Hills” YouTube channel.
“It’s exciting for me to venture to Penn Hills and help them bring their meetings to the public,” Lagrotteria said. He also does similar works for Plum Borough.
Councilman John Petrucci said the partnership with Lagrotteria is laying the groundwork for eventually creating a local TV channel, much like channels that exist already in Monroeville and Plum that sync with Verizon and Comcast.
The municipality’s contract with its cable provider will be up for negotiation sometime in the coming months, Petrucci said.
The councilman said he hopes to also get a newsletter printed and distributed to people who do not read a local newspaper. He said there is a population within the municipality that is uninformed.
“I’ve met some people who didn’t even know we have a new (municipal) building,” Petrucci said. Penn Hills administration opened a new, $12.3 million building on Duff Road a year ago.
Scott Andrejchak, municipal manager, said he hopes the videos improve accessibility to local government officials.
“There are a lot of people who can’t come to the meetings and don’t want to print or read from the minutes,” he said. “It’s not exactly the same as having it on cable, but a lot of people can access YouTube now from smart TVs. It’s a good thing.”
The municipality’s YouTube channel can be accessed at bit.ly/2KKeJOt.