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Demler targets cable bills, drainage

A cap on cable TV prices and long-promised drainage improvements in some areas are two goals for Supervisor Timothy E. Demler in the coming year.

Demler told a luncheon gathering of about 40 town employees Friday that he plans to push a price cap during franchise negotiations with Time Warner to replace a 10-year agreement that expires in 2007, Demler said.

"I should note that franchise agreements are usually for 10 years, and this year we intend to be very aggressive in protecting the rights of our resident subscribers by demanding that Time Warner restore at least three or more of the stations before being renewed," he said.

"And include in those negotiations a cap on the constant price increases that we are burdened with," he added. "Wheatfield residents deserve quality cable without going broke."

Time Warner recently announced a price hike of 5 percent planned for next year.

Demler also said he would push to make drainage corrections at Deborah Lane and Wilrose Court. The Town Board set aside $50,000 for the work during a recent year-end budget meeting.

Another related goal is to "upsize" the pipes in the southern drainage project to improve flow to the Niagara River, he said.

"Wheatfield is an example of how good government should operate," he told the employees.

He also said 2007 would see ground broken for the town gymnasiums and youth center project.

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