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Channel 5 could be back by next meeting

Public access station getting a $5,500 overhaul

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls' public information network has been getting an upgrade the past 2 months and could be up and running soon.

Work will be done to the public access Channel 5 TV station this week, City Administrator Robbin Blackert said, adding that she hopes all the upgrades will be done by the next City Council meeting on July 16.

“We've had a lot of problems with it and we knew it was on its last leg," Blackert said when referring to the January vote to upgrade the system. "We weren't going to do any (more) repairs until the upgrade.”

The City Council approved a 1-year, 16-cent-a-month fee increase – $1.92 total – for Rock Falls Comcast customers, which took effect May 1, the start of the fiscal year, to pay for the $5,500 in work needed.

In January, Blackert said the current equipment was at least a decade old.

In addition to a new camera and recorder, so meetings could be rebroadcast, the upgrades include software, hardware and a battery backup. 

To attend

The Rock Falls City Council meets next at 6:30 p.m. July 16 at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St.

The agenda will be posted at www.rockfalls61071.com and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.

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