B'ville: Home sweet home for PACB

After 10 years of borrowed space, PAC-B TV finally has a home of its own.

The Baldwinsville Public Access Channel recently purchased a home on Mechanic Street right along the outskirts of the Baldwinsville business district. While the location is ideal, the home is in need of some restoration, which needs to be completed before the station can move in.

"Right now the only people working on it are the board members," said Wendy Dryden, a member of the PAC-B Board of Directors. "There are only eight of us and we have other commitments in addition to PAC-B. We're really just looking for some help."

The station is currently located in the basement of the Baldwinsville Public Library, where it has been since launching a decade ago.

"They've been very good to us, but they do want that space back," Dryden said about PAC-B's space at the library.

Making it possible

According to Dryden, the board paid $45,000 for the tax-exempt house in the spring and it should be paid off by next year.

In addition to prudence on behalf of the board, PAC-B's move was made possible through a 10-year contract between Time Warner and greater Baldwinsville's three municipalities, Baldwinsville, Lysander and Van Buren. The station now receives quarterly payments for operating costs through franchise fees in addition to used equipment from Time Warner and a one-time move of "The Drop," which allows the station to go on air.

"It was important that we found a permanent place because [The Drop] was a one-time deal with Time Warner," Dryden said.

More space, possibilities

The board has held three meetings in the house since obtaining it.

When finished, the house will feature a control room, reception area, storage space and, most conveniently, an interview room.

"Now we have the space to do interviews without conflicting with the library schedule," Dryden said adding previous interviews with officials such as Sen. John DeFrancisco were restricted to library hours and conference room availability.

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