Selectmen meeting to assist Norway-Paris Cable TV board

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NORWAY — Selectmen from Norway and Paris will meet Feb. 20 to attempt to smooth out apparent problems the Norway-Paris Community TV board is having with operations.

Paris selectmen had requested the joint meeting and Norway selectmen agreed last week.

“Community TV is pretty important to folks in town,” Norway Selectman Russ Newcomb said. “I’d hate to lose the program.”

The meeting would be useful to discuss suggestions and options on improving the operation, he said.

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The six-member NPC-TV board is made up of three people from each town who are appointed by their respective selectmen. The board has had trouble getting a quorum for meetings, Norway Town Manager David Holt said.

On Thursday, selectmen appointed Ingrid Small, who volunteers with the NPC-TV station, to the board.

Paris selectmen need to fill the seat of Richard Little, who resigned Jan. 22.

Little said in his resignation sent by email to Town Manager Amy Bernard that he was “extremely unhappy” with the board and with selectmen and intended to resign from all boards and committees.

On Jan. 27, selectmen voted 4-1 to draft a letter of reprimand to Paris board member Richard Kimball, who apparently called vendors about purchasing cable studio equipment and may have spoken inappropriately to them, according to a selectman.

Kimball has also denied accusations that he was  involved in a physical altercation with a board member at a meeting this past September.

In his letter of resignation, Little said he was concerned about the future of the NPC-TV board.

“Staying away from personal agendas on both, I do not care to be lied to or be associated with people of such low moral character,” he wrote to Bernard.

Little also wrote that he feared the NPC-TV board would “continue to make decisions that will harm the station and may cause legal issues.” He also cited censorship and policy changes as issues he was concerned about.

The station is funded through a $1.44 monthly charge on Time Warner cable subscribers’ bills and doesn’t use any tax money. The channel is broadcast to about 3,500 households.

The station is at 9 Marston St. and its five digital cameras, small studio and professional editing equipment are open for the public’s use.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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