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Dec 23, 2015

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — City Council chambers and a conference room will be hard-wired with audio equipment to record public meetings, and the League of Women Voters will pick up the $15,000 tab.

Mayor Deborah Sutherland made the announcement during Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The decision comes after a year of talks between the League of Women Voters and city officials.

The plan is to equip the conference room with two removable microphones, after Sutherland raised privacy concerns over hard-wiring the room where contract negotiations are held.

City Council Clerk Joan Kemper will keep the microphones and bring them in the room and remove them before and after all council committee meetings.

The city accepted a $10,000 check from the League of Women Voters in June. Last week, the group offered to pick up the entire tab.

Jefferson Audio Video Systems Inc. of Louisville, Kentucky will install the equipment. JAVS quoted the city a price of $15,953 in August. Finance Director Renee Mahoney was unavailable Tuesday morning to confirm if the cost is still the same.

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