Letter: Let’s help Weare to communicate
We write in support of Article 30 on the Weare town warrant. This would earmark one-third of the approximately $75,000 annual franchise fee the town receives from Comcast (paid, by the way, by those of us in Weare who are on cable) to be placed in a revolving fund. This money would then allow for the hiring of a part-time technical assistant to run the local cable access station, train volunteers and update equipment.
Weare has had a cable station since the early 1990s, but it has never been properly funded; and it has been run solely by volunteers, most of whom have great desire and commitment but not the technical expertise to run it smoothly and successfully. We speak from personal experience, having been among those volunteers.
The money the town receives from Comcast goes directly into the general fund. The Community Access Television station is run from a line item in the town budget. Currently that line is a mere $1,600.
The ability to communicate information in Weare is sketchy at best. We have no newspaper. The town website is not kept up-to-date. Example: Ten days before the town election, the town warrant isn’t even posted on it. CATV is the one way we can get information out and communicate the life of our town.
To stop the wheels from spinning, we need a paid leader with technical knowledge to run the station and supervise, energize and encourage the volunteers from our citizen ranks. To do that, we need appropriate funding. The finance committee, at the deliberative session last month, reversed itself and now supports this article. The residents of Weare need to do the same. We encourage you to join us in voting “yes” on Article 30.
WILL and LINDA OTTERY