GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission approved a motion to begin video recording its meetings Tuesday.

The board will use about $12,000 in county funds to purchase and install video recording equipment. The system was first discussed by commissioner Jeff Murphy.

The recordings will be placed on the board’s website.

“People get a lot of their media online, so we need to be in touch with that,” Murphy said. “That way our constituents can keep in touch and be aware of our actions.”

County Clerk Donald Pyle said that the decision to install the equipment was made in part because of suggestions from the public.

“The audio we have now is not considered an open record, but rather a tool to put together the records of the meeting,” Pyle said. “It’s a response for more transparency from the public.”

According to Pyle, the system should be installed within the next six-to-eight weeks.

— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at