Lisa Fetsch

McLennan County IT Director Lisa Fetsch talks with commissioners about streaming services for meetings.

In case you missed it, McLennan County disabled a service on its website that allowed anyone to watch commissioners court meetings in real time.

New county software does not work with the live-streaming service it had used, county IT Director Lisa Fetsch said. She recently told commissioners she was disappointed to report the department hadn’t resolved the recording and live-stream issues. Reviewing other streaming services is an option, she said.

“What I would like to suggest is that we meet with the parties that typically handle the agenda management and recording and look at these products together and get feedback from all of those individuals,” Fetsch said.

But is anyone watching?

Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Snell said he would like to see data on viewership during meetings. While the court is required to record its meetings, there is no requirement to stream them in real time.

“I just don’t want to be spending $100 per view,” Snell said.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.