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Wesson, Bailey Cable at odds

BY JOE COATES

Wesson aldermen met briefly during a recessed meeting last Thursday to discuss the town’s cable television contract.

Bailey Cable, the town’s contractural cable provider, has failed to meet certain conditions of their latest contract, forcing the town to take action, possibly leading to bringing in a new provider, according to mayor Alton Shaw.

“We gave them a deadline in the contract to upgrade their system to digital, then another, and both have passed. We have no choice but to look elsewhere,” Shaw said.

A public hearing will be held at the next board meeting to allow residents discuss the situation with the board, and a vote will be taken on whether or not to terminate the contract with Bailey Cable.

No action was taken on the other agenda item–how the town will go about securing the right of way for a new road to the town’s lagoon. After brief discussion the board tabled the issue until later.

Before the meeting was adjourned, Mayor Shaw announced that Wesson was awarded a $400,000 supplemental grant related to the cleanup of Katrina. The grant will be used to rework a ditch near the school, to replace a generator at a pump station that malfunctioned during the aftermath of Katrina and to repair and upgrade a lift station.

The board will meet again at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.

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