PORTLAND – There’s now one less excuse for failing to keep up with what the Portland City Council is up to: meetings will now be streamed live online.

And, if you miss the live webcast, you can download it as an on-demand video.

The meetings are being broadcast live at townhallstreams.com/locations/portland-me and will be available as on-demand videos at the Community Television Network’s website – ctn5.org – starting at the beginning of the new year.

Council meetings will also continue to be broadcast live on channels 2 and 5. More information on CTN’s programming is available at the organization’s website.

City Council meetings are generally held the first and third Mondays of the month.