South Glengarry moving to eScribe agendas

The front page of a PDF for a South Glengarry council agenda on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. The township is moving to the same interactive streaming agenda platform called sScribe, which is used by South Stormont. It will cost the township almost $11,000 in the first year. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

LANCASTER – South Glengarry will be moving its council agenda and video system to the eScribe platform.

It’s the same livestream and agenda system used by South Stormont. But unlike South Stormont, South Glengarry will have a YouTube plugin for the software.

The management meeting software allows users to be able to stream the council meeting live or watch after the fact. They are also able to jump through video of the council meeting by clicking on an agenda item.

It will cost $8,400 a year for five years, plus $2,575 in one-time startup costs, plus inflationary adjustments. The YouTube plugin added $1,900 a year to the package (originally $6,500 a year) with a $675 startup fee. The money is coming from South Glengarry’s Modernization Fund.

“I think this is going to be an invaluable tool for our residents in the future. I mean, we’re here in the digital age and it’s not going to go back,” Deputy Mayor Lyle Warden said.

“This is one of the COVID silver linings,” Coun. Stephanie Jaworski added.

The township is expected to transition to the new agenda platform sometime this month.