Village passes new cable ordinance

By on May 22, 2009

Staff to meet with MediaCom to discuss problems
by Susan O’Neill
The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday approved a cable franchise ordinance for new cable companies wishing to locate in Sugar Grove.

Separate from the agreement the village currently has with MediaCom, the village’s main cable provider, the ordinance spells out standards for current and anticipated technical, facility, procedural and operational, franchise and customer service issues.

Also included in the ordinance are recommendations gathered from a customer survey and a community-wide village meeting regarding services that MediaCom provides.

“The survey showed that people are not happy with their MediaCom service,” Sugar Grove Finance Director Justin VanVooren said during the discussion of the ordinance at the May 5 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Village staff will meet with Media Com representatives on Thursday, May 21, to discuss problems and issues residents would like to have resolved prior to the renewal of the Media Com’s contract with the village later this year.

“We’ll use the ordinance as a starting point,” VanVooren said.