Council discusses lack of cable options

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 9, 2008

LINDEN &8212; At the request of Councilman Mitzi Gates, the Linden City Council discussed problems with not having enough cable television options in the city.

One of the problems, according to Gates is that even local access channels aren&8217;t maintained, and many of her constituents are unhappy with the only service they are offered, which currently comes through Mediacom.

Gates suggested looking into different companies and recruiting them to the area, however city attorney Woody Dinning said large companies aren&8217;t likely to want to move into such a small market.

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Furthermore, the council discussed repairs being done on local towers, which had been put off on numerous occaisions. The council members each expressed concerns about the relationship with the cable company.

According to Cheryl Hall, city administrator, the only communication she has successfully had with the company was when they notified the city of rate changes.

After this discussion, Police Chief Scott McClure reported the police department was recently changed to a different district. The change will pair them with smaller departments similar to their own, instead of being paired with larger areas such as Tuscaloosa. Furthermore, the department is still short two officers, which they are currently looking to hire.

In other business:

Work on a pavilion for Austin Park should begin in February.

The court report showed a positive term, with the city retaining $5,400 in collections.

The city audit is expected to be complete by the second week in February.