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PENDING FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS PUT BOARD FOR LOCAL-ACCESS TV ON HOLD

The creation of a board of directors for a corporation to oversee the local-access channel for the Time-Warner franchise in the northern part of Chautauqua County is on "hold" until franchise agreements are signed with the municipalities in the system.

The Fredonia Cable Television Advisory Board Wednesday heard a report from Brad Markham, who is the local-access coordinator.

The new franchise agreements may have a monthly charge for subscribers for funding the local-access channel. Municipalities may also dedicate funds for the channel.

A board of directors for the corporation is expected to be composed of representatives of the six municipalities that make up the system. Fredonia is expected to have more than one representative, since it has the greatest number of subscribers. Other municipalities include the towns of Pomfret, Portland and Stockton and the villages of Brocton and Cassadaga.

The corporation is expected to ask local foundations for funds to purchase equipment, Markham said.

The agreement for Fredonia is in the hands of Village Trustee Michael Sullivan and Village Attorney Samuel Drayo, Board Member Charles Mancuso reported. The agreement had been sent to the state Public Service Commission for review.

In other business, advisory board member Thomas Bolling announced that village resident Donald Marsh is circulating petitions asking that the Cleveland sports teams appear on local cable.

And Markham said the local-access channel is looking into upgrading its equipment but has not yet made any purchases.

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