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January 17, 2013 - 10:33am

Batavia council session airing Friday on Time Warner, covers discussion of trash program

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, garbage collection.

Press release:

On Jan. 14, the city proposed a new Refuse and Recycling Program. The proposed program includes changing to a fully automated variable size cart/tote based collection system offering residents greater capacity for recycling opportunities, while making refuse and recycling more effective and modern.

In addition, the city has proposed funding refuse and recycling through a "Pay-As-You-Throw" system in which residents will pay for refuse collection based on the size cart/tote they select, rather than through property taxes.

All residents are encouraged to watch the presentation of the city’s proposed Refuse & Recycling Program on local Channel 19 – the Community Access Channel -- this Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. to become more familiar with the proposed Refuse & Recycling Program.

The proposed budget and proposed refuse and recycling information can also be found on the city’s Web site at: www.batavianewyork.com.

Ted Wenzka
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All well and good except from my past viewing experiences of city council meetings the sound and video quality is very poor. Half the time you can't hear the people speaking and if there are overhead or video presentations, you can't read them.
At least it one way to placate citizens.

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Time Warner is legally obligated to provide the service -- standard in all cable franchise contracts, but I think there is a federal law that requires cable companies to offer public access. Nothing in the law says it has to be good quality.

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Ted,
The alternative is to attend in person.

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You both miss my point. A press release is issued and I ASSUME people will be expecting to see/hear this to gain information. The problem is the video will be of such poor quality that they miss most of it.. I would also like to state that Time Warner presentation of the town meeting is much better video and audio.
Howard, I guess you have low expectations. We should expect better quality for the money we spend on Time Warner. I would also expect that they would be more professional since they are broadcasting it.
John, I apologize for not being at the council meeting. I missed the notice stating the council was holding a presentation on garbage collection and voting.

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Ted, Alecia Kaus, whom you see posting for The Batavian this week and periodically, is a professional videographer. She records the Town meetings with professional equipment (the town also has, I believe, a sound system that she can plug into).

The camera used for city meetings is decent, but prosumer grade.

My point was, the quality of the recordings are out of the city's hands -- though they could invest probably in the neighborhood of $10K to upgrade the sound system.

Your comment implied fault with the city. Outside of spending a nice chunk of change on a better sound system, the quality of the video is out of the city's hands.

I don't have low expectations of Time Warner. I have no expectations of Time Warner. They barely meet -- and it's questionable that they do meet -- the requirements of their franchise agreement. But that's going to change. What's their incentive for doing more than they do?

Personally, I'd call I.R. Systems and get DirecTV. ... Oh, I already have.

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Howard,
Thanks for the information.
In a way it shows the town did more up front thinking then the city. With all the money spent on the City Hall, you would have thought this would have been considered. Instead of the expensive chairs and wood work maybe they could have used that money for for the sound system the town has.
I had one of the Dish suppliers come down to the house to see if we could get satellite service but no go. Too many tall Black Walnut trees in the area.

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