City Council Extends Newwave Agreement While New One Is Developed

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The City of Greenville’s cable franchise agreement with Newwave Communications was to expire December 12. At its last meeting, the city council approved a 90-day extension of the agreement while a new one is developed.

City Manager Dave Willey recommended the extension to give Newwave time to address current issues, complete its work on the Channel 18 public access channel, and revise the agreement.

Willey told the council that since problems with phone, Internet and cable services were discussed at the November meeting, he received up to a dozen calls from residents in support of Newwave and complaining about service.

In other action, the council established a new handicap parking space on the east side of South Second Street, as the first space north of Main Avenue.

Councilmen relocated a handicap parking space on College Avenue from the space just west of the alley between Second and Third streets to the first space on College Avenue in front of the county office annex building.

The council passed a motion to replace and repair faulty valves at the water plant. The low bid of $18,025 was received from Korte Luitjohan of Highland, to furnish the valves and do the work which will include repairs to the water intake line.

The council approved a loan of $6,056 to the economic development capital fund from the general fund to allow for the reimbursement of insurance premiums for 2016.

The premiums are for the city-owned Buchheit building. Buchheit is using the building through a lease, and at the end of the lease, if the company executes its purchase option, it will pay the city for expenses incurred and paid by the city over the 10-year lease.

These expenses are real estate taxes and insurance premiums.