SussexCounty.News to video Freeholder meetings
A fresh news website has said it will start video-taping the meetings of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders beginning next January. It is unclear if the taping will begin with the reorganization meeting, typically the first of the year, or with the Board's first business meeting.
The decision was made in response to an outcry from citizens after Sussex County's Freeholder Board voted down broadcasting its proceedings at the regular board meeting , held on December 14, 2016. SussexCounty.News is a new venue with some familiar faces in the news business. The website has not yet been made public.
The vote not to broadcast was a close 3 to 2 freeholders. Freeholders Richard Vohden and Phil Crabb have been tireless proponents of transparency. Others have been less so. Freeholder Boss George Graham, who is expected to remain Freeholder Director when the Board reorganizes in January, has led the others in their skepticism about the need for transparency.
In addition to broadcasting the meetings, SussexCounty.News will post the public agenda, along with commentary about the proceedings. There will be links to news stories written about the Freeholder Board and its meetings, along with public commentary.