Rogers City OKs Consumers franchise agreement

ROGERS CITY — A 30-year electric franchise to Consumers Power was unanimously approved by the City of Rogers City Council during its meeting Tuesday. Council member Dick Adair was absent.

The council had the first reading of the ordinance on Nov. 7.

The board also approved a franchise fee for Charter Communications franchise.

“I think it should stay at 3 percent,” Mayor Tom Sobeck said. “The focus should be to use it on technological improvements in the city. Whether it’s broadband access or purchasing equipment for the school to do the broadcast.”

The board approved the contract for 3 percent for the franchise and zero percent on the local TV channel fee.

Council members voiced their unhappiness with Charter in regards to the local broadcast channel.

“I’m very dissatisfied with the program,” Mayor Pro Tem Gary Nowak said.

The council made an agreement with Rogers City Area Schools to film its meetings and air them on the local channel. But Charter hasn’t provided the equipment needed for them to broadcast to the channel yet.

City Manager Joe Hefele said the city will have a meeting between Charter, the school and the city soon.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.