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Drone gives Dubuque cable department new perspective

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Dubuque's cable department is now taking to the skies in order to enhance their mission.

"We're basically here to educate the public as to what's happening with the city and what their tax dollars are going towards," said Erich Moeller, video producer for the city.

But with big projects like the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project or the Southwest Arterial, it's hard to get the full scope of those projects from the ground.

"You can have all these ground cameras and that kinda thing. But when you put a camera in the air...there's a reason why people do that for movies and television shows. It gives you a perspective you don't normally get. It's nice to fly with the birds," he said.

They've had the drone for a couple of years now, but just started flying it late last year.  They say they wanted to wait until the FAA regulations were clear before they got certified.

Now they're able to get a new perspective on projects all across the city.  Moeller says that's a huge benefit for people in Dubuque.

"Our video is essentially owned by the people of Dubuque. So we use it. It's copyrighted by the city. We provide this so people have a better idea of what's happening in their own city."

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