Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2010 06:53:05 PM PDT

High Desert residents will no longer have to make the trip to downtown San Bernardino to attend Board of Supervisors meetings under a pilot program approved by the board on Tuesday.

The board approved a plan to outfit the board chambers in San Bernardino and a facility in either Victorville or Hesperia with audio and video equipment that will allow residents to address the board with their concerns and opinions via closed-circuit video.

It would cost no more than $70,000, which would be paid out of the Information Services Department budget and reimbursed by each county supervisor from their individual district budgets.

The county has its sights on its transitional assistance office in Victorville. It houses a conference room that can be reconfigured to accommodate up to 100 people, Board Chairman Gary Ovitt said in a statement.

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