Cable talks continue Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
DEERFIELD — Deerfield, Whately, Sunderland and Conway will discuss the next step in talks for continued cable access from Comcast on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The potential new contract between the southern Franklin County towns and the cable provider would continue an agreement made in 2006, in which Comcast agreed to give the towns money in public education government grants to create a public access television station. In return, the towns agreed to allow the cable company to run its wires throughout the four towns.
Frontier Community Access Television or FCAT-TV, the local public access station, located in a two-room office on Elm Street in Deerfield, was the result of the cable agreement. FCAT provides education and government news to cable subscribers.
One possible outcome of these negotiations could be expanded service to schools and underserved areas in towns. These areas include the homes beyond Route 116 in Conway and a stretch along the Sunderland-Leverett line.
Attorney William Solomon will lead negotiations.
The meeting will take place at the Deerfield Town Hall.
Deerfield residents to pay slightly higher taxes
DEERFIELD — The average single family homeowner will pay an extra $92 in taxes in 2013.
The Board of Selectmen voted to have a single tax rate for the town on Wednesday night. The tax rate will increase 62 cents from $12.82 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2012 to $13.44/thousand of assessed value in 2013.
“This is a modest increase for the typical homeowner,” said Town Administrator Bernie Kubiak.
The value of a single family home has also decreased while the tax rate increased — a result Kubiak attributes to the soft housing market across the country.
The average single family home is valued at $265,000. Last year, it was assessed at $271,000.
Fydenkevez to negotiate with school, teachers
SUNDERLAND — Sunderland Board of Selectman Thomas Fydenkevez will represent the four southern Franklin County towns in negotiations with the Frontier Regional School Committee and teachers association.
Fydenkevez represented the four towns — Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway — on the School Committee’s negotiating team in 2009 as well.
This is a contract negotiating year between the school committee and the Frontier Regional Teachers Association.
11 roads not maintained in winter
SUNDERLAND — Highway Superintendent George Emery is warning there are 11 roads in Sunderland that are not maintained in the winter by the town.
These include Cemetery Road to the Riverside Cemetery, Clark Mountain Road from No. 42 to Mount Toby, Cross Mountain Road from No. 28 to Middle Mountain Road, Ferry Road to the Connecticut River, Gunn Cross Road from Route 47 to Falls Road, Gunn Mountain Road to North Mountain Road, Hubbard Hill Road to the Leverett line, Middle Mountain Road to Mount Toby, Mount Toby Tower Road to the fire tower, North Mountain Road from the intersection of Claybrook Road to Mount Toby, Reservation Road to Route 63 and to Mount Toby and Whitmore Cross Road from Route 47 to Falls Road.