10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 11, 2011

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

High Desert residents will be able to participate in San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meetings from Victorville via video-conferencing beginning Tuesday.

The pilot program will save residents a trip down the hill and could pave the way for it to be expanded to other remote locations, county spokesman David Wert said.

“We do have quite a few people who come to board meetings from the High Desert to testify on things and the assumption is there might be even more if distance weren’t a factor,” he said.

A video-conferencing system has been set up at a meeting room at the county Transitional Assistance Department building at 15010 Palmdale Road that will be linked to the board meetings at the County Government Center in San Bernardino.

Interested parties can watch the meetings and make public comments from the Victorville office. A member of the clerk of the board’s office will staff the meetings and a member of High Desert Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt’s staff will also be available to provide assistance.

The program will cost $70,000 and is budgeted for one year. The board will determine after a year whether to continue the program, depending on participation, Wert said. The Victorville meeting room can hold up to 50 people, he said.

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