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At its Feb. 21 meeting, Village Council heard the annual report of the Yellow Springs Community Access Panel, or CAP, the group that broadcasts Village Council meetings, as well as other meetings of Village commissions and panels, on Channel 5, the local public access station.

Having the meetings available for citizens to watch live while at home is a valuable contribution to local civic discourse, according to Council President Judith Hempfling.

“The work of the CAP is important to the community,” she said.

In a written report, Channel 5 Station Manager Paul Abendroth identified the group’s desire to organize a group of local amateur video producers “to help each other produce videos for their own use as well as for broadcast on the station.” According to the report, an Antioch College Miller Fellow is expected to help with the effort.

The current panel has two vacancies, and one person recently applied for one of the open positions, according to the report, which identifies the group’s 2012 goals as continuing to tape Village board, commission and panel meetings; finishing the station’s Web page on the Village Web site; imbedding Council meeting videos on the Village Web site; beginning to stream Village Council meetings live on the Internet; and upgrading equipment.

The CAP provides to its members and volunteers video equipment, training, and facilitation and support, according to the report.

In other Council business:

• Council unanimously approved the second reading of the 2012 Village budget.

• Council approved a resolution allowing new Interim Manager Laura Curliss to sign Village checks.

• Council authorized the submission of grant applications to the Safe Routes to Schools program for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

• Council passed a resolution that approves a licensing agreement with the Yellow Springs Arts Council which allows that group use, for free, of a third-floor room in the Bryan Center for office space for up to two years.

• Council unanimously approved a resolution that creates an interim police chief position. The move was necessary because Council had decided to wait to hire a new chief — following current Chief Grote’s retirement at the end of April — until a new Village manager is in place, and the position of interim chief needed to be created.

• Council heard the annual report of the Village Planning Commission from commission member Matt Reed.

• Council heard the last manager’s report of exiting Village Manager Mark Cundiff, and again thanked Cundiff for his service.

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