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VersaLink to take over RB3 cable company
Polk County Enterprise - June 2009
LIVINGSTON — City Council voted Tuesday to allow its representatives to initiate termination of the cable television franchise currently owned by RB3. The franchise is currently being managed by VersaLink Media who had representatives on hand to reassure council members and the public of its intention to provide quality service to the city. The franchise had previously been run by Rapid Communications LLC, who is purported to now be defunct. It was purchased by RB3 LLC in March of this year and subsequently transferred to Telecom (Not to be confused with Telcom which is owned by Livingston Telephone Company) just a few weeks later. Telecom purchased the Livingston franchise along with that of Corrigan, but all indications are it will sell the franchise to VersaLink who owns a franchise in Goodrich.
“I fully anticipate there will be a transfer from Telecom to VersaLink,” City Attorney Gaffney Phillips said. A public hearing has been tentatively set for July 14 but may not be necessary if the transfer to VersaLink is completed before that time. City salary increase Council members approved a salary increase of 2.9 percent to keep in step with the increase in the cost of living. The measure will require an additional $85,000 but City Manager Marilyn Sutton believes the city has the necessary funds. “We all agree our employees are the heart of our city,Ó Mayor Clark Evans said. ÒIt is probably going to be a tight year with Ike recovery efforts still underway, but we are extremely blessed to have the type of people we have working for us.”
Alderman Bill Wiggins echoed the mayor’s sentiment. “Our employees, during Hurricane Ike, were incredible the way they came together, “Wiggins said. Wiggins was voted in as the new mayor pro-tem for the coming year. This position is typically rotated each year based on seniority. Alderman Ray Luna is next in line but declined to accept that role, citing an already overloaded plate. Judy Cochran had been serving in that role during the previous year. Aldermen Ray Hill and Elgin Davis will continue in their roles as representatives for Polk County to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). Newly seated Alderman Elgin Davis has long been serving as the minority representative to DETCOG. Just before the public portion of the meeting came to a close, council members gave praise and thanks to both Cook Land Surveying Enterprises LLC and Windham & Sons Inc. for the quality and cost of the work they performed on the ditch widening project in the area of town commonly known as the West End.