By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
Public Access Television in Pierz, Channel 10, was up and running Tuesday after the City Council approved an operating policy for the station, Monday.
Among other items, the policy outlines Pierz access users as residents (18 or older), businesses, groups or organizations residing in Pierz or non-profit organizations serving Pierz. These users must make proper application for programming to be shown on the channel.
The Pierz Access Cable Channel is a designated channel for residents to see announcements and programming produced by Pierz access users.
Anyone who lives or does business outside of the city, may have programs submitted by a qualified Pierz access user, who has made the proper application.
The policy notes that while the channel will provide free broadcasting of programs and announcements for Pierz users, it is not a community television operation. It does not provide editing equipment, studio space, cameras or assistance in the production of access programming.
Programming will run on a first-come, first-served, non-discriminatory basis. The first priority for programs and announcements will be given to those created by qualified Pierz access users. Second priority will be given to programs submitted by Pierz access users.
The communications manager (the city administrator) will determine both eligibility and programming lineup as outlined in the policy.
Programs or announcements promoting the sale or exchange of goods or services are not allowed. Nor are political advertisements, solicitation of funds, content promoting gambling or a lottery, programs with obscenity or nudity, content which constitutes libel, slander, invasion of privacy, violation of trademark or copyright, or which might violate any local, state or federal law or that creates the immediate danger of damage to property, injury to person or the obstruction of law enforcement or governmental functions or services.
For the complete policy, visit City Hall in Pierz.
“I think it’s going to be a real beneficial tool that we can get information out to the public about things happening within the city,” said Pierz Mayor Toby Egan. “I’m sure there’s just a ton of possibilities as far as people who have limited access to try to get out of their homes. … they are going to get a more personal look at what’s definitely going on out there.”
The city plans to work with the school to try to get videos of choir concerts, sporting events and more, to air on the channel, City Administrator Anna Gruber said when the idea was first brought up in early January.
Deputy Clerk Scott Saehr has been working to put together slide shows of photos and information from the Pierz area to scroll on the channel.
Area churches will be invited to video services to air as well.
The church services are “something the elderly are looking to have,” said Egan. “I’m excited about the possibilities; the possibilities are almost endless.”
Pierz City Council Briefs
In other business Monday, the Pierz City Council: • Agreed to meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a closed meeting regarding land purchase negotiations;
• Approved the final draft of the city’s lot split ordinance;
• Heard from Councilman and Planning and Zoning member Don Bujalski that the snow was a little deep for any building permit requests;
• Heard from Public Works Supervisor Bob Otremba that due to deep snow, city staff was unable to read electric meters in several locations and that those readings would be estimated for billing. City Administrator Anna Gruber said an over- or under-payment on a resident’s bill would be adjusted over the course of time;
• Heard from Police Chief Eric Hanneken that bad checks had been circulating and that the suspect had been apprehended and charges are pending; and
• Set Monday, Feb 24, at 6 p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing regarding an amendment to the city’s rental ordinance.
The next regular Pierz City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.