It's that time of year again.  The time when Norfolk holds their annual Special Fall Town Meeting, and NCTV was on the scene to cover it!  The meeting took place at the King Philip Middle School on the evening of Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  While you may be aware of how Town Meeting itself works, you may not be aware of all the elements that go into filming it for television.


Although the majority of government meetings that take place in town are covered by only one staff person, Town Meetings require, at the very least, two or more staff members.  After confirming the date and location of the meeting with Town Hall, our first step for getting ready to cover the meeting is making a checklist of what we need and gathering all of the necessary equipment.  While cameras, tripods, and microphones are the first obvious choices, there are many other pieces of technology that might not be so obvious.  One of the most essential pieces of technology is our switcher, the Tricaster 410 - a central computer broadcast system that all of the cameras connect to which allows us to switch between cameras while we are Live as well as display graphics on screen such as the names of people speaking and general info about the event.  We also need a computer monitor in order to see all of these elements and a keyboard and mouse to navigate through the software to bring you the best coverage possible.  A variety of cables is essential to connecting and powering all of the various pieces of equipment and includes, but is not limited to: BNC cables, HDMI cables, surge protector power strips, extension cords, XLR cables, and VGA cables.  On top of connecting all the cameras to the switcher for the visual component, we connect to the audio board inside the auditorium for the sound component, which is run by a trained group of high school students involved with the King Philip Drama Club.  Once everything is connected to the switcher, we test each of the connections by making sure we can see each camera on the computer software and hear every microphone source clearly.  The last crucial element is successfully recording the audio-visual sources for the purpose of broadcasting the meeting on our channels and uploading it to our YouTube channel.  To be on the safe side, we always record on more than once source in order to have a back-up(s).  On Tuesday, we recorded to SD cards that were inside the cameras themselves, onto the Tricaster hard-drive, and onto an external hard-drive connected to the Tricaster for a total of three possible video and sound sources.  After reviewing the footage, we are proud to announce that everything went smoothly and looks and sounds great!


This year's meeting was comprised of only eight articles, and every single one ended up passing by a majority vote of those in attendance except for Article 3, which required no action.  If you were not able to attend, here is a summary of each article:
Article 1
The town voted to raise and appropriate funds from any available source(s) to be added to departmental budgets for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016.
Article 2
The Advisory Board moved to indefinitely postpone Article 2, which would have appropriated funds to pay past unpaid bills, because the town does not have any past unpaid bills.  The town voted in favor of the board's motion.
Article 3
Article 4
The town voted to disband the former Bylaw Committee.
Article 5
The town voted to lengthen the elected term of the Town Moderator position from the current 1-year term to a 3-year term.
Article 6
The town voted to extend the submission date to the three towns (Norfolk/Wrentham/Plainville) of the tentative budget for King Philip from early February to mid-March.
Article 7
The town voted to appropriate, borrow, or transfer from available funds a sum of money for the purposes of building a new Public Safety Building.
Article 8
The town voted to require new buildings constructed in the B-1 business district to have a pitched roof or the appearance of a pitched roof from any view of the building seen from the street.

For more information about the various government boards, committees, and employees, visit the Norfolk Town Website.  Stay tuned to our channels and our YouTube page if you would like to watch the 2015 Norfolk Special Fall Town Meeting.  If you have any questions, or if you would like a DVD copy of the meeting, please contact us at any time by calling 508-520-2780 OR emailing us at OR visiting our website.  We look forward to seeing all of you at the 2016 Spring Town Meeting!

AuthorChris Lawn