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Glenville Town Board meetings to be televised, voted delayed over past customer charges

Glenville residents have been without Town Board meetings being televised on public access for months now, but a solution is in sight that will leave residents baring the cost of a few cents more per-month for the next 10 years.

The Town Board held a public hearing on Wednesday, Dec.1, to address Glenville's renewal of their franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable, but the vote scheduled that night was tabled for a later meeting. Delaying the vote was due to a recent finding that more than the previously contracted amount has been passed customers without any agreement from the town.

We did have a local resident ask for the contracts and review them and he did discover a fairly significant point that we want to get right, said James MacFarland, director of operations for Glenville at the meeting. "The old contract indicated a 2 percent pass through allowance. It appears that bills currently are passing through the full five percent we want to make sure we get that right before preceding with it."

The FCC regulates a maximum of 5 percent of the fee can be passed on to individual subscribers. A final version of the contract is planned to be completed by the next board meeting on Dec. 15 and voted on by board members, said MacFarland.

"We worked together for about a year on this contract, on this agreement, and it was a productive process with a lot of give and take," said John Mucha, director of Government Relations for Time Warner.

To rewire and make programming available and provide a "modest" portable HD camera and equipment is estimated to cost $24,000, said MacFarland. The rewire and camera equipment are each estimated to cost $12,000.

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