A 10-cent-per month surcharge is being considered to pay for local-access television in the six northern Chautauqua County communities served by the Time Warner Co.
The Fredonia Cable Television Advisory Board Wednesday night learned the funding would be used for equipment and to pay for programming on the local access station. Time Warner serves the villages of Fredonia, Brocton and Cassadaga and the towns of Pomfret, Portland and Stockton.
No date to begin the surcharge has been mentioned.
Brad Markham, local access coordinator for Fredonia, said community representatives meeting with Time Warner are considering a board to oversee local programming on cable Channel 5.
In another matter, board member Michael Sullivan announced that the board's negotiating committee is "extremely close" to a new contract with Time Warner. The old one expired on Sept. 13, but the state granted an extension until March 10. The new contract must be approved by the municipality and the state.
The board likely will review a tentative contract when it meets Oct. 22, then make a recommendation to the Village Board, which would must approve the contract.
Fredonia is technically served by two cable TV franchises. VisionLink, the newest franchise, has yet to begin constructing its system. Sullivan said VisionLink officials say bids for equipment have been received and the company is awaiting bids on installation. Installation would take about 80 days to complete, he said.
In other business:
Alan Hall, general manager of Time Warner, said construction of the new studio in Jamestown has been delayed. The company, which will broadcast Chautauqua County news on Channel 8, expects programming to begin in October.
Markham said local high school football games are being broadcast on Channel 5. The League of Women Voters-sponsored candidates debate in the 1891 Opera House will be broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
Hall said there has been no progress in negotiations with CBLT, Toronto, to carry "Hockey Night in Canada" on the system.