VB approves TW contract
After four years of negotiations, Time Warner and the three municipalities have finally come to agreeable terms, which, as of last Tuesday, each municipality has now approved.
The town of Van Buren board unanimously voted to approve the proposed contract on Oct. 17. The village of Baldwinsville and town of Lysander had unanimously approved the contract prior to Van Buren's decision.
According to Time Warner Representative Jeff Unaitis, Time Warner will try and expedite the contract through the state Public Service Commission to get it approved by the end of the year.
Terms of the contract include an increase in the franchise fee from three to 3.5 percent. The additional .5 percent franchise fee, which will average $30,000 a year depending on the amount of subscribers, will go to Public Access Channel Baldwinsville TV. The franchise fee is a cost collected by Time Warner and paid to local government to help offset costs for wear and tear of public property such as roads.
Time Warner also pledged in-kind donations for PAC-B TV in the form of promotional, technical, engineering and production support for an average amount of $2,000/year for the duration of the 10-year agreement.
VB, B'ville award bids
PW Laboratories Inc. was awarded the contract for conducting core samples in the Seneca Knolls area. The core samples will help determine how much work needs to be done for road repairs in the area.
The company came in with the lowest bid, at $6,410, on the town of Van Buren project.
Timber Tree Service was awarded the contract for taking down and trimming village trees, coming in with a bid of $12,160 and Bartlett Tree Experts was awarded the contract for emergency tree work at $250 per incident.
The town of Van Buren will hold a public hearing regarding the annual budget at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 8 at the town hall on the corner of Van Buren and Ellsworth roads. The regularly scheduled Tuesday board meeting was moved to Wednesday because of Election Day.
A public hearing regarding a fire code law will be held at 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 21 at the same location.