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Latest updates from the campaign:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 10:17 AM

Prairie Village ready to get public feedback on new house design guidelines that would regulate aesthetics - SM Post - JAY SENTER

Monday, May 14, 2018 5:30 AM

In Prairie Village, teardowns bring 'monster homes' and calls for more restrictions - BY LYNN HORSLEY, Kansas City Star

Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:07 PM

Councilwoman Serena Schermoly filed to run for mayor of Prairie Village this morning, setting up a contested election to replace outgoing Mayor Laura

Councilwoman Serena Schermoly said she plans to file to run for mayor of Prairie Village this morning, setting up a contested election to replace outgoing Mayor Laura Wassmer.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:05 AM

Reversing course, Prairie Village city council approves live-streaming of meetings

After months of debate, the Prairie Village city council on Monday approved a new initiative to live-stream and archive video of its meetings.

Resurrecting the practice of the city producing a broadcast of its meetings became a priority for Ward 2 councilwoman Serena Schermoly shortly after she joined the governing body last year. For the past several months, Schermoly has taken it upon herself to have friends and family stream the council’s proceedings via Facebook Live. The practice of producing a broadcast of the meetings had long precedent in the city. Between 1976 and 1997, Prairie Village produced a public access broadcast of its meetings.

Under the resolution approved by the council on Monday, the city will invest $3,500 in equipment and a one-year subscription to a live stream provider’s service to make city council committee of the whole, city council, and planning commission meetings available online.

The council had rejected a motion in May that would have allocated $8,000 to live-streaming.

On Monday, the council voted 8-2 in favor of the lower-cost option. Councilmembers Ted Odell and Brooke Morehead cast the dissenting votes. Morehead indicated she had heard from a number of residents “from the swimming pool, to stopping on the street” who had said they were thankful the city did not allow live-streaming of meetings. Morehead said her primary concern with the idea of broadcasting the recordings of meetings was that it might discourage residents from speaking to the council in open forum because they would be uncomfortable knowing their remarks would reach a large audience.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:19 AM

Prairie Village city councilmember personally takes on task of providing video of council meetings to the public

One Prairie Village councilmember has been live streaming city council meetings and making video available later for the public to watch.

Serena Schermoly said when she ran for office this year she made a promise to Ward 2 residents that she would keep them informed. Many of the residents were not familiar with the committee of the whole process, she said, where much of the discussion about an issue takes place.

For the first couple of meetings, Schermoly paid someone to to the video. Since then, she has bought a camera for nearly $500 and has been doing the recordings with family and friends pitching in to man it.

Schermoly would much prefer the city take over the responsibility for video, but she plans to keep doing it until that day comes. The technology is now inexpensive and it would allow city residents to watch government in action, she said. Mission provides video of its meeting, as does the Shawnee Mission School Board. Roeland Park provides audio the next day.

The livestream goes out on her Facebook page.

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