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City approves $96,000 for cable sweep, adding SEC Network to cable lineup

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By Randy Patrick

City of Bardstown Cable TV will again hire Jason L. Compton of Dickson, Tenn., to do its cable television services sweep.

At its July 22 meeting, the City Council approved the only bid it received for the service, which was from Dickson for $96,000.

Dickson has done the job for years.

Larry Hamilton, city engineer and superintendent of public works, said the sweep is a routine testing of the “electronic gear” and sound levels to certify that the system is operating within the ranges for which it was designed.

“It’s sort of like looking for leakage,” he said.

Councilman John Royalty asked whether the city couldn’t hire an employee to do the work for less cost rather than contracting it out every year.

“We’re saying that you can get it done cheaper privately than you can get it done publicly,” Hamilton replied.

Also during the meeting, the council approved a contract with Time Warner for additional bandwidth for its Internet service.

Jeff Mills, the city’s electric and cable supervisor, told the council his department would send out mailers to cable customers to notify them that the SEC Network is scheduled to launch Aug. 14, and to get the channel, every flat screen TV not connected to a set-top box will have to be re-scanned.

Expanded basic customers could also look for NBC Sports in the new channel lineup, Mills said.