Skaneateles landowner, Dirk Young made it a point to attend Thursday Feb. 17 town meeting, as there was a public hearing to extend the hydrofracking moratorium; but also item #11 on the agenda was to schedule a public hearing for March 17 at 7:15 p.m. to discuss the renewal of the Time Warner franchise.
Young owns and operates Twin Birch Farms, which is a 2,500 acre farm with a dairy operation managing more than 2,000 head of cattle as well as a separate horse farm specializing in Haflingers.
He employs more than 25 full time employees.
Young spoke up, "(Not having Time Warner) puts us at a disadvantage."
Apparently the southwest corner of Skaneateles is not wired by Time Warner Cable, the town's carrier. TW's policy is a 20 house per mile density. But Young argues, "Keeping the farmland open has created the problem."
The problem isn't a lack of cable television, the problem is in his ever increasing inability to compete because of lack of digital services in this neck of Skaneateles. For example, the day before the meeting, Young said it took six hours to download a document he was sent for business purposes.
"We aren't the only commercial enterprise in the neighborhood," he said.
Young's Dairy Farm is located primarily on Benson Road just up from Dutch Hill Country Club. His horse farm is on Lacy Road.
Young said if Time Warner wants Skaneateles' contract, why not force them to wire all the properties.
"I am serious, this is short sighted and unfair," Young said.
For more on Young's farms go to http://www.twinbirch.net/