Broadcast fee proposal returns in Rotterdam

Town Board to decide on annual $5k agreement with public access provider

— Morris approached towns around the end of 2010 when Time Warner Cable franchise agreements were in the process of being renewed. Morris has urged municipalities outside the City of Schenectady to help pay for services because even though a majority of the county used the service only the City of Schenectady paid into it.

If a town balked at the fee then it was cut off from the channel, with residents also losing access to OSM services.

The Niskayuna Town Board in March 2011 approved the same $5,000 agreement with OSM.

Talks in the Town of Glenville were ultimately stalled due to a hang up on renewing franchise agreements with Time Warner after it was revealed the company had allegedly passed through a higher franchise fee than agreed upon. Glenville has yet to reach an agreement with Time Warner, but town officials also expressed uneasiness to pay the $12,000 expense to switch its signal.

Village of Scotia officials also previously declined paying the annual expense for the OSM agreement.

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