City looking for professional videographer
GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council voted unanimously 7-0 Tuesday evening to launch a request for proposals [RFP] process for soliciting professional videography services for the city.
Mayor Vince DeSantis said he believes that hiring a professional videographer to produce videos for the city – videos that can be posted and shared on social media – is an important part of a strategy for modern communication for municipal government, because video content is a popular element. and an effective method of conveying information to the general public.
“We want to get this video services contract done because 2022 will be a high profile year for Gloversville,” DeSantis said.
The resolution was sponsored by 6th Ward Councilor Wrandy Siarkowski and calls on interested businesses or individuals to submit proposals to provide the City of Gloversville with a minimum of six videos per month to be used exclusively on the website and the Town of Gloversville Facebook page or otherwise the Town’s “Marketing Board” deems appropriate.
“All content created within the framework of this scope of work is the property of the City and must not be disseminated without the consent of the City,” states the resolution. “Two of the six monthly videos are to include live streaming of Common Council meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.”
The specifications for the videography services tender also included these other five potential categories of videos that could be produced by a videographer for the city:
• $ 10 million downtown revitalization initiative [DRI] to treat
• City projects
• City businesses / large openings
• Municipal meetings
• City events
“We want to have someone who can attend every DRI local planning committee meeting and every board meeting and make sure everything is filmed, videotaped and then made public,” DeSantis said. “All of the meetings will be public, and there are a number of other initiatives we’re running outside of DRI, in terms of improving the neighborhood, so it’s going to be a very, very busy year. We’re going to have to make sure the rest of the world knows what we’re doing.
This is the second time in the past three years that Gloversville has looked to hire a professional videographer. At the April 23, 2019 meeting, the board voted to hire Osama Mustafa, a city resident, authorizing him to purchase $ 2,220 in video equipment and contract with Mustafa until as of October 23, 2019 at a rate of $ 25 per hour, not to exceed 120 hours per month. The council chose Mustafa after he and Keith Shoemaker were the two respondents to the city’s tender for videography services in 2019.
Later, on May 10, 2019, Gloversville entered into a 90-day contract with Mustafa to provide videography services at a flat rate of $ 3,000 per month full-time, then in August extended this contract until the end from 2019.
The city has not had a professional videographer since then, however, DeSantis said Mustafa has occasionally done free videography work for the city, such as a video posted in July of DeSantis and outgoing public works director Chris Perry explaining flood mitigation efforts in the Northern Terrace and Brentwood Avenue areas.
“He had done a variety of things for us, and that was a good thing because it gave Gloversville a much higher profile,” DeSantis said of Mustafa’s work for the city. “The videos were posted on the city’s website and Facebook page and there was a [Facebook] page he made for the town called “My Gloversville” which had a lot of “likes” and all that. After 2019 he did [continue to shoot a few videos for the city], but he didn’t charge us anything. He just wanted to help.
According to the resolution adopted by the council, all tender proposals for professional videographers must be received by the city no later than January 13, 2022 at 10 a.m.