Hagerstown City Councilman N. Linn Hendershot said Wednesday his assumption that televising council meetings and work sessions would have an adverse effect on the meetings was incorrect.
Hendershot in January opposed televising the work sessions, where most deliberation occurs, saying he preferred that only the monthly voting sessions be televised.
Hendershot had expressed concern that some speakers, including council members, might be less open if all meetings were televised.
But the meetings have been televised since early April and Hendershot said he has seen no negative impact.
At the same time, Hendershot and others on the council said they have heard from city residents who say they have gained a better understanding of what work sessions and meetings are like as a result of watching the live broadcasts.