Public access TV station being considered by city

April 10, 2013

Public access television station discussed, considered at City Commission meeting

The City of Sweetwater is considering the development of a public access television station with some outside help, as discussion on the topic was held during Tuesday's city commission meeting.
Approval was given to allow City Manager Eddie Brown to negotiate an interlocal agreement with the local branch of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) for the TV station's establishment. Funding for the station would come from the "PEG" portion of the Cable Franchise "rental" payments--from funds already collected as well as future payments.
Funds are collected on a quarterly basis, and the Cable Franchise agreement states that a portion of the savings can be spent toward public, education, and government means.
While conversations have not yet taken place between the city and the college toward a potential partnership, the idea would be for TSTC to use the station for various projects and other studies, and funding would come from the city.
Also during the meeting, approval was given on a resolution which allows the city to continue their participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee.
With a required payment of five cents per capita to the committee, the city will make their annual payment which stands a little over $500. Sweetwater is one of 150 cities in the committee, as they all work together to boost their influence and efforts in discussions with Atmos Energy.
In addition, the Quarterly Investment Report was reviewed and approved. The minutes from the March 12 meeting were approved as well.

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